Put Yourself First
Taking time to plan your priorities is the key to a healthy, balanced lifestyle, says Roesler. “You get better results in all areas of your life when you plan your health and self-care first and don’t let anything else get in the way,” she says. “When you’re at your best, you’re able to be more productive and efficient overall.” Roesler’s priorities are exercise and healthy eating, so she schedules workouts for three mornings a week and cooking, planning and shopping time for one morning a week. “Nothing gets in the way of these things,” she says.
“And I remind myself that ‘health comes first’ whenever I find myself wavering.”Dr. MacDonald adds that making time for exercise and healthy eating doesn’t have to be hard. Even preparing a container of fresh-cut vegetables to take to work in small batches every day can make a big difference. “Rather than saying ‘It takes too long to cut up vegetables,’ just do it,” she says, “because in reality, a whole batch for a week probably takes no more than 10 minutes.”