GO FOR A WALK
Even if you feel like you’re too busy to work out, you can always incorporate a little exercise into your life by walking instead of driving where you’re going if it’s close enough. You’ll also get to know your neighborhood and city better! It can be hard to motivate yourself to walk places when driving your car is so convenient, but you’d be surprised at how much your physical and mental health can improve by making this small lifestyle change. Most change is hard, and it can take two months or more to become fully committed, but it will be worth when you start to see the effects of what is ultimately a free and easy activity.
This one might not be 100% free, but it definitely saves money. We’ve all heard the old adage of drinking 8 glasses of water a day, but new research suggests we should be drinking half our weight in fluid ounces. So If you weigh 180 lbs, your goal should be 90 ounces of water, or a little more than 11 8-oz glasses of water. It’s no wonder that nearly 2/3 of Americans aren’t drinking enough water when they’ve been told they should be drinking 64 ounces of water or the equivalent of 8 glasses of water. Now that is a lot of water, and it can be hard to remember to do. To make it easier on yourself, invest in a large water bottle, about 24-oz, and keep it with you at all times. If you’re still having trouble, there’s a ton of apps available that you can set to remind you.
When most people think about meditation they probably imagine a yogi stiting cross-legged, palms up, eyes closed letting out slow ooooommmmmmm’s. But meditation can be anything that helps you relax and clear your mind. Adult (or kids!) coloring books, a long hot shower or bubble bath and laying on a blanket outside are all great ways you can meditate. Benefits of meditation include reduced stress, improved concentration and increased self-awareness and happiness.
This isn’t to say hit snooze 10 times every morning or sleeping in until 1PM on the weekends is good, because it’s not. On average, adults are suggested to clock about 8 hours per night, but everyone is different. Disturbing your sleep cycle or having an inconsistent sleep schedule can be more harmful than catching a regular 6 or 7 hours per night. This can be harmful to your health (and your mood) because your body needs sleep time to recover from everything you do while you’re awake, as well as to help your brain stay sharper and improve memory.