Guest Post – How to Maintain Well-Being Without Breaking the Bank

Self-care can improve your mental and physical well-being and reduce your stress by encouraging you to take time for your own health and wellness.

“Well-being” and “self-care” aren’t just buzz phrases thrown around by bloggers and influencers. According to Everyday Health, self-care can improve your mental and physical well-being by encouraging you to take time for your own health and wellness, especially if you wake up early. This can be especially important for busy parents who are prone to devoting more attention to their children than themselves.

Self-care is one step toward achieving that elusive balance. This doesn’t mean you have to splurge on fancy personal trainers or spa weekends for inner peace. Read on for impactful and budget-friendly self-care tips.

Put a little sweat on with in-home exercises.

Exercising is loaded with health benefits, and they range from lowering your blood pressure to raising your feel-good chemistry and cutting your risk for diabetes. With a regular workout you can improve energy levels, sleep better and stay more positive. And you don’t need a gym membership to get a great workout. In fact, you don’t even need any costly equipment to stay in shape, even if you’re an older adult.

People of all ages can get a good in-home workout without overextending their bodies or their budgets. Between things like exercise videos, Wii games, fitness apps and step exercises, staying in shape is something anyone can do if they set their mind to it.

Improve your diet and save money by cooking at home.

Your diet impacts both physical and mental health. According to research published in Advances in Nutrition, dietary health can influence a person’s risk of developing anxiety or depression. Skip restaurants and take-out to improve your diet. According to Fix, home-cooked meals tend to be more nutritious, as they contain fewer processed goods, sodium, and sugar. Do-it-yourself meal prep will also save you money in the long term.

Boost your bedtime routine for better sleep.

Sleep is another cornerstone of a comprehensive self-care plan. The Cleveland Clinic reveals that insufficient sleep is linked to varied health risks, such as an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular issues. Boost your bedtime routine by turning off all electronic devices a couple of hours before you want to sleep. Blue light from phones, tablets, and computers can interrupt your natural sleep-wake cycle.

Devote more time to your dental care.

Oral health problems like gum disease increase your risk of other ailments, like heart disease, according to The Mayo Clinic. This is why it’s so important to make brushing and flossing daily habits. Of course, brushing and flossing alone can’t always address larger oral health issues. For example, if you have misaligned teeth, thoroughly cleaning all surfaces to remove bacteria and plaque can be tricky, and often the best way to address this is through an alignment treatment.

These days, to fix overcrowding, more adults turn to clear dental aligners for the comfort and discreteness they provide. Invisalign and byte are among the most popular brands, and both are highly effective at straightening teeth. Insurance will often pay for these treatments as well, so if this is a concern for you, do some research to see what your health care plan offers.

Spend more time socializing with your loved ones.

Self-care is just as much about mental as physical health. One of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to enhance your emotional well-being is to spend some time with a friend or family member. Medical News Today explains that humans are naturally a social species and that socializing helps to release neurotransmitters that affect anxiety and stress. Take 15 minutes out of your busy day to video chat with a friend and have a laugh.

Learn some low-cost, stress-busting tricks to implement in everyday life.

Stress is a part of daily life. While it’s normal to get worried about pressure related to work, school, or relationships, it’s important to manage that stress. In addition to socializing, there are other valuable steps you can take to reduce stress in your day-to-day routine. Professor Pete Alexander’s Blog provides approximately 150 stress-busting suggestions, from soaking up the sun to journaling, practicing deep breathing to exercising a creative hobby. Best of all, almost every one of these tips is free to try.

As the above guide makes clear, effective self-care doesn’t require a millionaire’s budget. These actionable tips don’t cost much but can still make a big difference in enhancing your day-to-day health and happiness.

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Emma Grace Brown

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Please note that there is no guarantee a particular stress relief tool will work for you. Thus you must take complete responsibility for using them and for your own physical and emotional wellbeing. Further, Professor Pete Alexander is not a licensed health professional. Please consult qualified health practitioners regarding your use of any stress relief technique. Medical advice must only be obtained from a physician or qualified health practitioner.

Posted by Professor Pete Alexander

A seasoned professional with over 35 years of Sales, Marketing, Educational and Entrepreneurial experience, Pete has battled the negative effects of stress head-on and has developed the LIGHTEN™ stress relief model that motivates his peers to better protect their health and handle challenging situations with grace and success.


Randy McNeely

Inspiring Pete! Great insights and advice. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

Professor Pete Alexander

You are so very welcome Randy! However, Emma Grace Brown deserves all the credit for this article 🙂

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