Life keeps us on our toes. From work deadlines, rush hour, homework, extracurricular activities, cooking, cleaning, etc., there's seldom enough time for us to feel like we can catch our breath. While your lifestyles seem to always be on fast forward, it gets easier to neglect your health and wellness in favor of productivity and your endless to-do list. Especially during the holiday season. The hustle and bustle of the holidays mean more celebrations to prepare for, parties to plan, gatherings to organize, and decadent food and drinks to indulge in. The more that we add to our plates, both figuratively and literally, the more we stress and pressure we put on our lifestyle. It's important to prioritize your health and wellness, even when you feel like you're always on the go. Otherwise, this could affect their ability to do their work and to enjoy a high quality of life.

Allowing “I am just too busy!” to become an excuse for ignoring your body, mind, and spirit opens the door for unhealthy habits to take over our lives. To make the most of your day, whether spent with family or while accomplishing your career goals, prioritizing your health is important. Our bodies have a way of telling us when it's time to take a break, and when we don't listen there are consequences to our physical, mental, and emotional health. Staying healthy and well is key to optimal performance. So whether you’ve been maintaining your health but now have such a busy lifestyle that doesn’t afford you the time, or you’re now just getting concerned about your wellness, here are some effective tips for maintaining health and wellness.

Create a schedule

When you feel like you are constantly on the go, or feeling busy, you can feel like you no longer have control over your life. The first step to regaining that sense of control is to have a routine in place that keeps you organized and clear-headed about what you have to do in your day. Having a busy schedule can not only leave you feeling overwhelmed and stressed, but it can also leave you feeling defeated and without the motivation to carry on and complete your tasks to the best of your ability. Planning, coordinating, and having a system in place is pivotal for tackling a busy schedule productively. Keeping a physical copy of your to-do list, or schedule, either on a calendar or in a journal or app, helps you visualize and prioritize your tasks to help you stay organized and productive. A written schedule also ensures you don’t forget an important task. Being preoccupied with a busy schedule can mean that you may accidentally overlook things. It can also help you be prepared for unexpected surprises or any last-minute changes so that it doesn’t slow down your workflow.

Stay hydrated

Hydration is the ultimate source of nourishment and is helpful for maintaining energy and suppressing hunger. But When you are slumped at your desk all day, completely focused on your work, or busy out and about running errands and checking off tasks, you may completely forget your body’s need for hydration. Instead of reaching for an unhealthy soda, energy drink, or another cup of coffee during the day, grab a cup of water, or even better, a bottle of Purpose Tea. Proper hydration allows your body to function at its optimum ability and can ensure that you are able to concentrate, ward off headaches, and feel good until you get home from work. So, you should consider making sure that you always have a bottle of Purpose Tea with you, or keeping a reusable water bottle that can help you monitor and replenish your hydration levels at any moment of the day. Without the proper fluid intake, you risk dehydration. When your body is dehydrated it affects you physically and mentally. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, brain fog, and headaches, which can cut your productivity. Purple tea contains antioxidants and polyphenols that help you stay focused, energized, and of course, hydrated throughout your day. So, always keep a bottle of water or Purpose Tea on your desk, in your car, and in your bag as a visual reminder to hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more!

Make better snacking choices

When it comes to making healthy choices with your food, a good diet requires balance, and the more healthy options you present to yourself in the day, the less you have to worry about the ones you can’t control. When you sit down to make up your grocery shopping list, make sure you include healthy snacks. Often when your time is consumed by a myriad of other things, you don't have time for full, nutritious meals, rather, you find yourself snacking throughout the day. By making sure you have a few healthy snacks packed away in your bag or desk, when you are hit with an unexpected snack attack, you have a plan. Snacking can be a great way to replenish your depleted sugar and re-energize you. But remember, you want to eat healthy snacks if you desire to maintain good health and wellness. A healthy snack should contain some protein, such as peanuts, fruit, yogurt, etc. You can also include some healthy fats, like almond butter, guacamole, cheese, or dark chocolate, to increase the power and fullness of each bite and to prevent blood sugar spikes and dips. Having such snacks with you ensures you have something healthy to turn to rather than the damaging sugar-packed ones.

Prioritize sleep

Sleep may be a low priority on your long to-do list, but going to be at a set time each night can help dramatically improve your wellness for the days ahead. It's time that we stop treating sleep and rest like a luxury, and not a necessity, which it is. Your brain may tell you there’s just not enough time to sleep, but that’s not true. When you consider how less efficient you get when you’re sleep-deprived, you’d realize you save more time when you get at least 6 to 8 full hours of quality sleep at night - even on weekends. Getting enough sleep is crucial for concentration, productivity, mood, vitality, immune function, and social interactions. Set an alarm, or reminder to shut down and unplug at least an hour before bed to give your mind time to unwind and to ensure a restful night of sleep, so you can wake up rejuvenated and ready to tackle your day. Use reading, meditation, journaling, or soaking in a hot bath to relax your body and calm your mind.

Abandon high caffeine drinks

It's found in your favorite sodas, coffees, and energy drinks, and while you may enjoy a jolt for a moment, the repercussions of constant high caffeine consumption can do a number on your mind and body. Just because you live an active lifestyle doesn't mean you have to be glued to a coffee cup or cola. If you do find yourself in need of a pick-me-up, try a healthier, cleaner source of caffeine. A 8oz can of soda, or a small cup of coffee contains over 30 milligrams of caffeine, but opting for a 16oz bottle of refreshing Purpose Tea only has about 8.8 milligrams, with the boost of energy you crave, only without the crash and jitters. Purpose Tea is packed with antioxidants and adaptogens that support immunity, improve concentration, boost your energy, and protect your calm.

Even if you are leading an active lifestyle, there’s so much you can do to maintain your health and wellness. It’s all about staying conscious of your mind and body’s needs and making your wellness a priority, even when with a packed schedule. Sometimes it can feel like time isn’t on your side when you want to live a healthy, balanced life. Start by making a few simple changes that can turn into healthy habits. The most important thing to remember is to be gentle with yourself and to allow yourself the grace to take small steps, and to get back on track when you fall short. You might not nail it off the bat, but you’ll be surprised at how shaking up your daily routine can rejuvenate your body and mind.

Add some balance to your busy life by making Purpose Tea a necessary part of your day. Our refreshing, flavorful, ready-to-drink purple teas are always with you when you need them.