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How to Balance Life, Work and Fitness, by Millie Mackintosh

Hi, Byrdie readers, I’m sure you’ll agree that our modern lifestyles can be super hectic and stressful at times. So, this month I want to talk about how to stay focused and balanced. These are my tips and tricks for getting everything done in a day and still being able to sleep soundly at night.

I have two diaries. A paper diary and one on my phone. I have a week-to-view organiser from Smythson—I like to see everything written down so I know what meetings and shoots I have scheduled. But then I also have an online diary that I can share with my team. 

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On a Sunday, I’ll look at the week ahead in my diary and plan when I can slot my workouts in. I’ll message friends who I exercise with and see what they are up to, so when I book my sessions in with my trainer I can make it a duo session if anyone is around, which is fun.

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I also like to have a warm bath with Epsom salts on rest days. You have to stay in the water for 20 minutes to get any benefit (Ed note: It can help to draw out toxins and relax your muscles). I throw a good mug-full of salts into the water and then either Dr Hauschka Rose Nurturing Bath Essence (£18) or Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Muscle Bath & Shower Oil (£45) and I’ll either read a book or prop an iPad up and watch an episode of Girls.

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When it comes to food, I like to be prepared if I know I’m going to be busy. So, for instance, today I made a healthy chicken and egg fried rice for lunch. Tomorrow I know I have back-to-back meetings, and I’m not sure what food I’ll be able to get, so I’ll take that with me in a Tupperware box with an avocado, some nuts and blueberries to snack on.

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