In case you haven’t noticed, America is stressed out. We were stressed before the pandemic, but the past year has just been ridiculous. Needless to say, we need relief.
The good news is that you can reduce the stress in your life and improve your overall health and well-being without draining your bank account. A Plan For Living is all about helping you boost wellness, which is why we’ve listed these practical, budget-friendly self-care tips that you can start today:
Revisit your budget.
Money is a major cause of stress among individuals and households. Poor money management and the lack of money for essential needs are among the most common financial stressors. If you’re having financial problems, take a look at your budget to see where you can cut expenses and redirect your spending. If you don’t have a budget, then it’s critical to create one.
Also, look for how you can increase your income without adding stress to your life. There are several ways to go about doing this. For example, you can refinance your home, which basically means that you trade in your current home loan for one that has better terms. Another option is to start a side-gig—something manageable, of course. You can even sell gently-used items that no longer serve you.
Take advantage of tech.
There is no shortage of technology these days. And while it has its downsides, tech can also be used to facilitate self-care and reduce stress. For instance, the A Plan For Living app uses a happiness formula that helps you manage your gratitude, spirituality, and awareness—all of which are available at no cost to you.
There are also tons of apps on the market that can help you set and achieve goals in your diet, exercise routine, and sleep habits. Do your research to find what kind of apps can improve your health and well-being.
Care for your body.
Your physical health plays a major role in your all-around health and well-being. Make sure you’re giving your body the nutrition it needs; for instance, cooking healthy meals at home will save you money from dining out. Also, maintain a fitness routine. There are plenty of free and affordable exercise resources online, and you can always go for a walk around your neighborhood.
Your sleep habits are just as critical as diet and exercise. Come up with a nightly routine that helps you get seven to nine hours of sleep. Not only will you strengthen your physical health, but you will also be more productive, less stressed, and happier overall.
Foster your relationships.
One way to practice self-care is to prioritize your most cherished relationships. Oftentimes, we focus on ourselves a little too much. When we think of others and spend time with friends and family, it tends to bring fulfillment to our lives. Get a coffee with your bestie, grab lunch with your grandparents, go hiking with your kids. Just find ways to stay connected.
Write in a journal.
Perhaps one of the best things you can do to promote health and wellness in your life is to invest in a journal. While you can go all-in on an elaborate handmade journal, you can also opt for a cheapie under 20 bucks. Dedicate a few minutes each day to put your thoughts on paper.
You can write about anything—from your awkward situation at the grocery store to the fitness milestone you just hit. Getting out your thoughts and emotions is a form of therapy, and you will always have your journal to look back on when you’re going through challenges in the future.
You don’t have to keep living stressed out. Start incorporating practical self-care strategies into your daily life, and you’ll notice a world of difference within days. Along with the budget-friendly options mentioned above, keep seeking other methods of promoting all-around health and wellness in your life.
Would you like to know more about how our app can help you boost mindfulness and overall wellness in your life? Visit aplanforliving.com today!
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