This is a contributed post from Terrence.
Studies have repeatedly shown our health and happiness to be closely linked, leaving no question that our mental and emotional health plays a vital role in our individual fulfillment. But with today’s price tags, is it possible to work on psychological and physical health while still hitting our financial goals?
Gym fees, personal trainers, nutritious food, and other well-meaning steps towards health can deal a significant blow to a sensible budget.
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Tackle Financial Problems Creatively
Financial problems are solved by discovering creative solutions. Let’s avoid breaking the bank by discovering inexpensive ways to acquiring healthy foods, workouts, and self-care. We will also touch upon how financial planning is essential to peace and happiness.
Financially Sound Food for Your Soul
Food provides your body with energy. A diet high in sugar or junk will leave you depleted, but a food plan packed with nutritious choices will energize your body, enabling it to do its job and making you feel good. So let’s talk about stretching our grocery dollars.
Buy Unprocessed Food in Bulk
Certain foods are less processed and cheaper when bought in bulk instead of individual-sized boxes or processed options. For example, oats and brown rice cost less in bulk proportions and are healthy filling options. Another tip: Buy an entire block of cheese rather than purchasing shredded or sliced.
Schedule Free Online Grocery Pick Up
Several major grocery store chains offer online orders and pick up for free. This option saves hours of wandering through busy grocery stores and eliminates distracting end caps designed to lead shoppers into purchasing unnecessary items. Online ordering guarantees that you’ll stick to your list and budget. Alleviating shopping hours from your to-do list will improve your mental state as an added bonus.
Plan delicious budget-friendly meals! Make large portions and use leftovers for lunch or to freeze and keep on hand. Buy plenty of healthy food and make filling stir-fries, salads, smoothies, and soups. Commit to eating less red meat and opt for cheaper, nutritious protein sources like eggs, legumes, or fish at least twice a week.
Bargain Work Outs, Trackers, and Nutrition
Sweaty, smelly gyms do not offer the sanctitude that walking or running outside does. If community and accountability draw you to a gym, ask friends and neighbors to work out utilizing free apps or YouTube. Community is good for the soul, so gather a fun group and work out together.
Achieve Your Goals
- 30 Days of Yoga With Adriene on YouTube. Adriene is respected amongst yogi’s and this 30-day yoga plan is free.
- Prevention magazine rated Runkeeper the best app for runners and is accessible on IOS or Android!
- Invest one time in a smartwatch that does not necessitate purchasing additional apps, and exercise and food tracking will be covered. Prevention Magazine rated the FitBit as having the best All-In-One App due to its ability to track everything from steps to sleep.
- No smartwatch? My Fitness Pal tracks everything, and this free app won The Best User Experience on Good Housekeeping’s 10 Best Calorie Counting Apps list.
Financial Peace For Your Future
Never stop planning financially, and your present and future peace of mind will benefit. Small investments growing over time prove enormous payouts for your future, and while your money grows, your anxiety will wain. Never stop saving, even if you feel your efforts are small. U.S. dollar diversification can prove a lucrative investment strategy. Take the time to learn about several different investment opportunities and watch your money grow.
Prioritize Yourself Today
Investing in yourself will have you feeling more robust, confident, and happy. Finding creative solutions to level up your physical and financial well-being will put you on the road to personal peace and happiness. No matter your budget, we have shown that it is feasible for you to prioritize your health and your financial future.
Erin is the mother of identical twin girls and their slightly older brother. She is a domestic engineer, and previously had a career leading customer service teams for a major HVAC company. Cleaning without harsh chemicals, and cooking easy and usually healthy meals are part of Erin's daily life. She volunteers with youth leaders, and genuinely wants to help others win. Erin has a degree in Communications, with a focus on Broadcast Journalism.