Let’s be honest, being a woman in this day and age – while liberating – can be pretty taxing. Yes, I’m going to be making some generalisations here, but for the most part, we are expected to be career-driven employees, great girlfriends, the ideal wives, phenomenal mums, and we are expected to look flawless while juggling all the above – am I right? I know I don’t get it right 100% of the time, but the intention is still there.

Given the ‘biological clock’ situation, many of us, feeling the pressure, tend to focus our efforts on propelling our careers before we have children, and, it’s not easy.

Women, no matter how independent at heart, also have a tendency to put others first – their needs, wants, their health and their feelings. Does this all ring true for you and do you feel that your ideas of healthy lifestyles may be a bit skewed? If yes, then here are some tips for working women who want to enjoy healthy lifestyles:

Eat a proper breakfast

Your mum probably told you when you were a little girl that eating a proper breakfast was essential. And guess what, just like with most things, your mum was right. Having a healthy, wholesome breakfast is the first step on the path to learning about healthy lifestyles.

Having breakfast kickstarts your metabolism after a long fast while you are sleeping, and ensures you are ready to take on the day. Breakfasts don’t have to be complicated; a boiled egg with avo on toast, a bowl of yoghurt with fruit and homemade muesli, or some organic jam and almond butter on toast are just some ideas. Just make sure it’s enough to satisfy your hunger first thing.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Stress – a small word with a huge impact on people’s lives, their happiness, and their health. If you are truly interested in healthy lifestyles, then one of the biggest challenges for you is going to be to learn how to manage your stress. The stress hormone cortisol in excess can cause all sorts of havoc in your body – weight gain, a weakened immune system, and interrupted sleep.

Chronic stress can also lead to depression, an irregular menstrual cycle, skin problems and emotional eating. Take some time out of every day – even if it’s just five minutes! – to meditate, or even just to breathe and to be conscious of your stress levels.

Other ways to improve your stress levels are to go to a yoga class, start a meditation class, go on a retreat, or even take some time out of each day to do something for you, something that you love. Getting stress levels managed is crucial for healthy lifestyles.

Get enough shut-eye

Sleep is a wonderful, albeit often elusive, thing. It’s not only wonderful, but it's also simply vital for healthy lifestyles. Sleep is important for your physical health, and it is said that poor sleep can have a huge negative impact on cardiovascular health among other complications. The old ‘eight-hour’ rule isn’t necessarily spot on for everyone, but find out what works for you and stick to it, but make sure you are getting enough hours asleep.

Take a break

Many of us are in the habit of not leaving our computer screens for one second – including over “lunch”. This isn’t exactly a good way to get to living the healthy lifestyles we are aiming for. Get up from your desk at least every hour, to get some sunshine and fresh air outside, stretch your legs, and just give yourself a break. It’s also incredibly important that you break away from work once you are home. Leave work (and any work-related issues) at the door, and find the time to do things that serve you.

Cut down on these habits

While much of what we have discussed will help everyone on paths to healthy lifestyles, there are a couple of daily bad habits that you should start avoiding. Here are a few things to consider:

Don’t go to sleep with your makeup still on. Sleeping with your makeup on is a huge beauty faux pas. Clean your face twice a day and ensure that your makeup is cleaned off properly to allow for clear pores and skin that is not congested.

Avoid processed foods. Say no to those delicious office doughnuts because processed foods should be a big no-no for you. A treat once in awhile is fine, but white flour and sugar, and all the very tempting morsels that are made out of these ingredients are fattening, free of any nutrients and do nothing good for your body. Need I say more?

Switch off any screens an hour before bed. It’s said that the blue-white light that is emitted from technological devices interferes with the brain’s release of melatonin which alerts the body it’s nighttime. By interfering with this process, you are making getting to sleep much harder, which in turn could affect your internal clock. As we mentioned earlier, good sleep is vital to good health.

Skip the high heels. High heels may make your legs look nicer, but are they worth the damage they can do to your back and feet? I don’t think so.

Are you interested in finding out more on healthy lifestyles for working women? Then take a look at our excellent guide: Beauty & Wellness Trends for 2017. Alternatively, you can contact us directly at AR Hotels to book a well-deserved weekend away where you can indulge in the luxury of our Costa Blanca hotels for some R&R.