The outdoors is always ready to go!

Research shows that just five minutes of exercise in a green space, such as your local park, is enough to make you feel happier and less stressed. Are you not into walking or running? Try a bike ride, yoga in the park, rollerblading,swimming, or the new trend; geocaching. Head for the hills, find a swing or playground; even a bench can help with some strength training. If you live near a beach, the sand is sure to intensify your exercise.Exercising outdoors can help you burn more calories, save money, and think clearer.

Making the Most of Your Time

Make your hobbies accessible and convenient. Keep your hobbies somewhere where you can see them and be aware of them. Try not always picking up after yourself when you are in the middle of a project, or not putting something completely away. This way, you can pick your project or hobby right back up when you have a few minutes.

Beware of time-wasters. These can be anything from toxic relationships to social media. Become aware of how you spend your time.

Work Life Balance

Work-Life Balance is just that – a balance. We cannot truly perceive stress without relaxation, just as we cannot perceive relaxation without stress. It is important to feel both in life in order to truly have balance.

It may sound contradictory, but Work-Life Balance actually takes some work. You need to make a plan. Take the time to develop your career and your outside interests. Otherwise, when free time does appear, you may find yourself at a loss on what to do with it. 

Time is a precious resource, don’t waste it. Dedicate at least five minutes a day to doing something just for you. Whether it’s gardening, reading, playing an instrument or painting, find and engage in a hobby that makes you happy.

Meaningfulness of your time

 You don’t have to balance Tuesday. There will be times in your life when you have more free time than work, and there will be times when you have more work than free time. You can’t always control the amount of work you need to do, but you can control the meaningfulness of your free time.

The Cost of Eating Healthy

 Too often I hear, “it’s too expensive to eat healthy!” Although I agree that it isn’t cheap, I disagree that it is too expensive to eat healthy. Some foods that are organic or all natural are definitely more expensive but just think about your basics first – fruits and vegetables! I recently went to our local Produce Market and bought 120 pieces of fruit (apples, oranges, and bananas) and only spent $29! That’s amazing! And could feed an individual for weeks! Leafy greens and vegetables like broccoli and carrots are also on the cheaper side.

I’m not saying you have to eat quinoa and kale to be healthy. Just start small. While grocery shopping, it is important to shop along the outsides of the store to be the healthiest. These departments include produce, meats, and dairy. Try avoiding the aisles as much as you can. Most things down the aisles are processed and carry more added preservatives. Those foods that are processed are okay in moderation, but too much can lead to bad habits and compromised health. Fresh is always best! Most grocery stores have weekly ads too, so shop what is on sale! You may just find out that eating healthy is not so costly, while eating unhealthy may result in a cost we don’t want to pay.