It is no secret that we struggle to juggle with our everyday responsibilities, given our fast paced lives. And we long for those non chaotic moments of silence to give ourselves a break, to calm down our senses and be ready for the day ahead. With all these chores, we find ourselves wishing for more time, wishing for more than 24 hours a day and a few moments to breathe.
Recently, we had the pleasure of chatting with Apoorva Mishra, a Software Consultant from Unisys. In here, we present a few excerpts from the interview with her.She is in her 20’s, a busy IT professional, yet, she has the time to take care of herself and have the fulfilling life that most of us dream of. Read on to know more about her and about what she has got to say about her secrets to a busy yet exciting, healthy and a happy life.
We asked her what motivates her to have a better lifestyle. And she says that she loves the terrific feeling of getting to have more energy.
“I get motivated by thinking about how good I’ll feel as I get healthier and fit. How terrific would it be to have more energy, to feel more flexible and strong, or to look great in some new clothes? If ‘avoiding the negative’ is what gets you going, then it might help you to think about how you’ll feel if you don’t take action.”
All of us talk about a better work life balance but somehow we find our motivation to accomplish that waning through days. But Apoorva takes her time to unwind from her routines and this is a tip from her personal experience that she shares with us. She realises the importance of “me” times and the value of re- evaluating our priorities to have more of those “me” times.
“ Being a professional, I realized that I could not take care of my family and my career without first taking care of myself”. Creating more personal time tops the list of goals many people want to accomplish. With work time, partner or family time and social time all demanding our attention, we are constantly juggling our day-to-day responsibilities. Finding as little as 15-30 minutes a day of uninterrupted, relaxing “me” time is challenging at best. “Me” time allows us to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate. Taking time for yourself allows you to renew, heal, and create reserves of energy and peace.
Remember that no matter what we do, there are only 24 hours in a day, so you can’t create more time. But you can clear some time by re-evaluating priorities, perhaps saying “no” more often and practicing smart time management. “Me” time is not something you should feel guilty about. It’s nothing more than taking some time to put aside your everyday business and treating yourself to an activity that you enjoy. It gives you an opportunity to relax, refocus and recharge. And when you do that, you can come back to your responsibilities with greater focus, commitment and enjoyment.”
When we all think of health, fitness and a better lifestyle, we often tend to associate it with a boring, mundane set of things from which you probably do not get enough motivation. This is a common misconception that needs to be cleared off from our heads and Apoorva Mishra brings to us some of her secrets to exciting, routine health activities. She believes that all of us cannot be programmed to work on a systematic or a structured way of health but we can definitely associate it to our daily chores and make it exciting.
If you’re not ready to commit to a structured exercise program, think about physical activity as a lifestyle choice rather than a single task to check off your to-do list. Look at your daily routine and consider ways to sneak in activity here and there. Even very small activities can add up over the course of a day.
In and around your home.Clean the house, wash the car, tend to the yard and garden, mow the lawn with a push mower, sweep the sidewalk with a broom.
At work and on the go. Look for ways to walk or cycle more. For example, bike or walk to an appointment rather than drive, banish all elevators and use the stairs, briskly walk to the bus stop then get off one stop early, park at the back of the lot and walk into the store or office, take a vigorous walk during your coffee break. Walk while you’re talking on your cell phone.
Focus on activities you enjoy. If you hate jogging, you won’t be able to maintain a jogging program no matter how good it is for you. On the other hand, if you love to swim, dance, or play tennis you’ll find it easier to sick with an exercise program that’s built around those activities.
Take it slow.Start with an activity you feel comfortable doing, go at your own pace, and keep your expectations realistic. For example, training for a marathon when you’ve never run before may be a bit daunting, but you could give yourself the goal of participating in an upcoming walk for charity.
Make exercise a priority. If you have trouble fitting exercise into your schedule, consider it an important appointment with yourself and mark it on your daily agenda. Commit to an exercise schedule for at least 3 or 4 weeks so that it becomes habit, and force yourself to stick with it. Even the busiest amongst us can find a 10-minute slot to pace up and down an office staircase or take the dog for a walk.
She also thanks Zoojoo.be for helping her stay put to her fitness goals. Finding the motivation for it is difficult but once done, it only gets better from there.
“Zoojoo.be reminds us to take small challenges in a timely manner which really makes a difference.Being a Techie , I too was unable to Battle the sticky chair , but somehow seeing the zoojoo.be reminders , I used to take a small walk to the pantry , control tea / coffee intake , sip water in a timely manner , prefer stairs over lift etc . Initially it was difficult but now it has become an important part of my daily routine”.
She has a few concluding words for the interview. She tells us to be easy on ourselves and not be discouraged if we skip a fitness routine. Afterall, world wasn’t formed in a day and neither will habits be. And we couldn’t agree more to what she says!
Go easy on yourself. Instead of being your own worst critic, try a new way of thinking about your body and appreciating it. Try surrounding yourself with people of similar fitness levels. Accomplishing even the smallest fitness goals will help you gain body confidence. Expect ups and downs. Don’t be discouraged if you skip a few days or even a few weeks. It happens. Just get started again and slowly build up to your old momentum.The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. Health is a precious asset that we don’t recognize and appreciate until it has been depleted.