Every season, my resolution is to simplify my life and live in a healthier way. Having now been in New York for more than six years, trying to find balance has actually become a goal that I strive for on a continuous basis. Below are some of my tips for simple living that help me decompress and stay healthy while living a hectic lifestyle. What are some of yours?
1. Don’t eat processed foods. I put this one up top because I can’t tell you how much this tip has helped me become healthier and happier. When I first moved to the city, I ate all kinds of things without regard to the quality of the food or if it was packed with artificial ingredients. As a result, I often felt lethargic, bloated and gained a bunch of unnecessary weight, which just made me feel uncomfortable in my clothes. Since becoming more conscientious of what I’m eating, my body has naturally changed in all kinds of ways. I have more energy, lost extra pounds and generally feel a lot happier and healthier- all without having to cut out major food groups or do any kind of crazy dieting. All I’m doing is making sure that my food comes fresh instead of frozen or canned, avoid anything that is obviously processed, and try not to intake any artificial ingredients at all costs. When I’m craving sugar, I’ll have a bit of sugar instead of piling on the Splenda. And instead of soda, I try to drink fresh juice (or better yet, just eat the fruit).
2. Balance moving with rest, and vice versa. Don’t always be on the go and deprive yourself of time to unwind or relax. I often feel like I need twice as many hours in the day and pack on the meetings, dates and activities. I’ll admit it- I used to have the “fear of missing out.” The result is that I ended up feeling stressed and burnt out- neither of which are conducive to balanced living. And ironically, it caused me to not enjoy the time I was spending out anyway! Now I take a look at my schedule for the week and am not afraid to have early nights or just not do anything if I’m tired. On the flip side, I’ve also gone through some periods where I’ve just done nothing and it led me to feel as if I were in a rut. To counterbalance that blah feeling, I try to do something active every day- whether it’s meeting someone for a cocktail or going for a run.
3. Don’t just “pass out.” I’ll admit that I’ve been a frequent victim of just “passing out” at night. Maybe it’s because I’ve been out all night partying or maybe I just felt lazy, but I’ve definitely gone to bed without washing up and taking the day off my face. It’s such a gross feeling the next morning and doing it often can wreak havoc on your skin. Now, as tired as I may be, I always try to wash my face before crawling into bed. I love Simple’s Moisturizing Facial Wash which takes all my makeup off and is so gentle that it leaves my skin feeling really soft and moisturized. I still do have late nights occasionally when I’m just too tired to do things properly- and for those times, I keep Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes on hand. I feel much less guilty about passing out and it makes such a huge difference in the morning.
4. Be mindful of what you put in your body and what you put on your body. This one goes in tandem with my first tip above. Eating healthy is important, but don’t ruin it by putting all kinds of unnecessary things on your body. Try to stay away from products that excessively use chemicals and keep your skincare products free of irritants, dyes and perfumes. Anything from Simple Skincare works well because their entire philosophy is to cut out the unnecessary bits that don’t do any good for our skin.
5. Exercise. This one is so simple, yet so hard to do sometimes. Do something that you like, whether it’s spinning or yoga or weight lifting. I usually try to attend a yoga class when I can and go for a run on the weekends. But when I’m super busy or feeling unmotivated, even walking home after work instead of taking the subway is a way to get some exercise in without having to carve out too much time. Plus it helps me unwind and decompress, which leaves me happier and on my way to a more balanced lifestyle.
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