How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle with a Hectic Schedule (and a Tight Budget)

Being the mom of four kids, I have my share of chaos on a daily basis. Sometimes, I get to the end of the day, heck the end of the week, and wonder what happened to the time. And I know I’m not alone.

How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle with a Hectic Schedule (and a Tight Budget)

Yet, even with our homeschooling schedule, commitments outside the home, my business and our bus remodel, we’re able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even on a crazy tight budget. It can be done.

Because we’ve aimed to make it both simple and sustainable.

By choosing to approach healthy living (eating real food, reducing toxins in our home, using natural remedies, simplifying, etc.) in this way, we’ve found that not only are we able to do so without spending a bunch of money – we actually save a lot of money – but we can maintain that lifestyle even when life is busier than normal.

Here are a few tips that keep us on track:

  1. Plan ahead. I would be such a basket case if it wasn’t for planning ahead. Ok, I am a basket case sometimes, even when I plan ahead, but doing so makes life so much easier. On Sunday night (or whatever day works best for you), try jotting down what you’ve got going on in the coming week so you’ll know when you’ll need to prepare meals early, what snacks need to be packed, etc.
  2. Meal plan. This is an integral part of planning ahead. Meals are the biggest stressor for me when we’re in a busy season. Make a meal plan for the week (or month) ahead and, at the top of each day, write down what prep you need to get done for the following day. Here’s an example of how I do that.
  3. Create a routine. If you’re always flying by the seat of your pants, life will always feel hectic. (I speak from an insane amount of experience.) Creating a routine can dramatically decrease the craziness you feel if you know that certain things get done on certain days so you don’t always feel like your trying to get everything done in one day. You can see an example of my routine here.
  4. Have grace with yourself. We follow the 80/20 rule. Which means that we aim to stick to our healthy lifestyle 80% of the time. Does that mean if we’re doing great all week we take it as an excuse to have fast food on the weekend? No! It means that when we’re out and about and I realize that I forgot to pack something, I’m not going to beat myself up if I run to the store and buy what’s “healthy” even when I don’t think it is.
  5. Simplify. Part of living a healthy lifestyle means decreasing stress. And if you’re so busy stressing out about money or eating well while you’re out and about all the time, maybe it’s time to stay home more. It’s not popular advice, but maybe you don’t need to be involved in all those activities. Maybe your kids would be more enriched if they got to spend more quality time at home with parents who aren’t stressed out. Maybe you’ll end up saving a lot of money. Examine your schedule carefully and say no to what you can. Trust me; it’s worth it.

How do you maintain a healthy lifestyle with a hectic schedule (and tight budget)?

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Nina Nelson

Hi I'm Nina. Healer. Writer. Wellness advocate. Mama of four. Former bus dweller now focused on exploring simple hospitality. I love Jesus, simple natural living, coffee, and Shetland ponies.

Comments

  1. says

    Yes, it’s true that we cannot be perfect, but we have to be honest at least with our health, health is wealth, if the problem relates to health everything will delay, so for health, one has to take some precautions.

  2. says

    I agree with you 100% being healthy can save you a lot of time and money. Health has always been on the top of my list. It may be hard to stick to healthy food choices especially nowadays that it seems like everyday a fast food chain opens up around the corner and offers the most tempting and most unhealthy meals, but if your mind is set on something it would be a lot easier. For me the hardest part of trying to live a healthy lifestyle is trying to exercise in the morning everyday, It has always been a struggle to me but I still do it because if I don’t do it in the morning I wouldn’t be able to do it at all. I try to live a healthy lifestyle as much as I can.

    Regards,
    Sam Walker

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