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Working Wellness into Your Budget?

Working Wellness into Your Budget

As the idea of “wellness” has become an increasingly popular trend on social media, companies across the globe are marketing expensive products to ensure that you too can live this seemingly desirable lifestyle. From essential oils to vegan beauty products and beyond, living a healthy and happy life seems like it could cost the average consumer thousands a year. But is that really the case?

Once you go beyond all of the fancy products and extravagant social media trends, the core of the wellness craze is actually quite simple. Expensive gym memberships are encouraging you to move your body daily and nutrition supplements, protein products and fancy food delivery services are reminding you of the importance of a balanced diet.

Though some of these products can be beneficial, they aren’t required to improve your overall “wellness.” Fortunately, if you want to live a life centered around your physical and mental well-being, there are steps you can take and habits you can develop that don’t cost a cent:

  • Meditation- One of the most important parts of staying physically and mentally healthy is being cognizant of how you’re feeling at any given time. Meditation is a great way to improve your self-awareness and mitigate feelings of stress or anxiety. 
  • Podcasts- Another great way to stay up to date with all the science behind living well are podcasts. Podcasts have seen a recent increase in popularity and you may find that there is a show that covers every topic you could think of. 
  • Movement- Making sure you move your body everyday is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and fortunately, it doesn’t cost a thing. There are a variety of workout videos online that range anywhere from ten to sixty minutes long and you can follow accounts on social media that post at-home or bodyweight workouts.
  • Family and Friends- At the end of the day, one of the best ways to boost your mood is to connect with your loved ones. Whether it is coffee with a friend or a phone call to your mom, regularly connecting with others can help to reduce stress and improve your overall well-being.

Though some of these suggestions may seem simple, implementing all of these little habits is what will ultimately lead to a more noticeable change in your lifestyle. Purchasing expensive supplements or high-end beauty products will give you short-term pleasure but spending exorbitant amounts of money on products that could be replaced with free and easy habits, like drinking more water or staying active, could be detrimental to your financial wellness.  Financial and physical wellness go hand in hand, so make sure any expenses associated with your healthy lifestyle fall within your means.

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