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

Updated 04/26/16

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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