Here are my top tips to stay organized and reduce stress.
As a busy mom who has a lot of balls in the air, it is really important for me to stay organized and keep my stress to a minimum. High-stress levels (cortisol) really hinder effective fat burning, and if I am going to work hard at my nutrition and fitness goals, I don’t really want to be doing something that makes me have to work even harder.
Here are a few of my top tips for staying stress-free, especially now that the holidays are quickly approaching.
Taking 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon to plan even your most mundane tasks will really help you kick off your week and minimize stress from the busyness of the daily routine. Planning out all of your appointments, commitments, and even your workouts ahead of time will all help reduce your stress levels and make things go so much more smoothly. Workouts can be a great stress reliever, but if you are constantly worried about fitting in your workout, or finding the time that you need to get it done, you are making it harder on yourself to effectively burn fat. You can even plan out some “alone time” into your week. Self-care is very important in maintaining a healthy, stress-free mama! Planning out your day, including your workouts, will lead to a much smoother, and more stress-free day.
Taking time to effectively meal plan, and then planning out more specifically the night before, all of your food really takes the guesswork and stress out of preparing and eating meals. It does not take a lot of time before-hand, but ending your day by rough planning the next day’s food can really help keep you on track with your nutrition goals as well as avoiding the stress of grabbing something on the go such as convenience foods that aren’t really that great for you. Planning out your food for the week, and for the day, really helps you to make better choices and feel less stressed. You are much more likely to stick to your plan if you have invested some time into making one.
There is nothing worse than scrambling to get your kids ready in the morning before school. The stress of getting them dressed in outfits they are happy with, getting lunches ready, and getting them out the door on time can really set a stressed tone for the day. Taking some time before your week begins to get your kids organized and ready for the week will save you loads of time and stress during the week. Figure out what projects and such are due, make lunches the night before, and having clothes picked out a week (or even a few days) at a time can make things run so much more smoothly. Having your kids on a good routine really makes your life easier as well as teaches them useful organization skills.
Staying organized, and keeping your kids organized, will make for a much happier, less stressed home and week. When you are more organized, you are less stressed. Less stress means less cortisol and more efficient fat burning. Be sure to download my free guide to finding your abs without a single crunch for more tips to leaning out that midsection. A little hint: abs are made in the kitchen! Keeping your cortisol levels low will help you lean out that midsection quicker. Here is the link to download: www.emilycopelandfitness.com/free-guide .