Naturopathic Doctors – Bedford, NS

9 Ways to Stay Organized

1. Meal prep! Planning out what you are going to have for meals during the week and taking the time to grocery shop and do some prep can make such a huge difference in your weekly routine.

2. Pack your lunch and make sure your breakfast is ready to go the night before. I often recommend putting smoothie ingredients minus the liquid in the blender the night before and keeping it in the fridge, so in the morning all you have to do is blend and voila! Another grab-and-go option is overnight oats. Click on photo for a great recipe!

3. Pick out your clothes the night before, and iron anything that needs ironing. Nobody needs to be rushing trying to pick out an outfit in the morning only to find out it is too wrinkly to wear.

4. Organize your supplements into a pill container. As “uncool” as it may sound, it can help you stay on track, and it is a lot better than having several bottles lying around at the bottom of your bag. And if you are someone who has a hard time remembering to take them, set a daily reminder on your phone.

5. Block off time for exercise in your calendar the same time every week so that it becomes a consistent part of your routine. Aim for at least 30 minutes 3x/week.

6. Bullet journal. Although most things these days are digital, I personally still rely on a physical agenda. A bullet journal is a great way to combine your to-do-lists, schedules, ideas, and journal all into one! And you can use any old notebook to do it. Click the photo to learn more!

7. Delegate. When you look at your to-do list is there anything on there that someone could help you accomplish? Whether it be a spouse, a co-worker, a family member, or a friend.

8. Set boundaries for how often you check your email and set aside time in your schedule to respond to emails (during working hours)! This might vary from person to person, but refreshing your email every 5 minutes is distracting you from getting other things done.

9. Clean out your inbox. I’m a bit ashamed to admit, my inbox looks more like the one on the right than the one on the left. I have recently downloaded the app Unroll Me https://unroll.me/ to tidy up my inbox and unsubscribe to unwanted emails. Let me know if any of you have any others you would recommend!

10 Tips for Better Sleep

 

As we approach the start of another school year, a natural shift in routine often happens. Similar to the New Year, Back-to-School can be a time to reflect on some of our health habits that we have maybe neglected or put on hold for a period of time. We decided to put together a countdown to help ease your way into the fall as you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer.

To kick things off, check out these 10 ways you can improve your sleep:

 

1. Routine! Go to bed and wake up at the same time, including weekends

2. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep each night

3. Write down a list of tomorrow’s tasks so you can sleep worry-free

4. Make your room as dark as possible

5. Avoid watching TV or using screens for at least 1 hour before bed

6. Keep household lighting dim from dinner time until you go to sleep

7. Develop a calming bedtime routine (ex. reading a book, having a sleepy time tea- my favourite is the Yogi tea Restful Sleep)

8. Avoid napping during the day

9. Avoid caffeine later in the afternoon and evening

10. Avoid bedtime snacks that are high in sugar or simple carbohydrates (a great option for a light bedtime snack is a handful of pumpkin seeds)