Life can be expensive and living on a tight budget can sometimes feel a little bit stressful if you don’t feel like you have the freedom of some wiggle room. Here are some ways to reduce your stress that can also keep your finances in check.
These are some of our favorite ways to reduce stress on a dime:
Learn a New Skill Online
YouTube has the mother-load of resources when it comes to how-to videos. Self-improvement is a great way to reduce stress, learn a new hobby, and engage in something that gets your mind off of your stressful job or family. Forget taking lessons or signing up for an expensive class at the local community center. Instead, search YouTube for thousands of different how-to video options and better yourself for free!
You know that being crammed indoors, missing the sunshine and fresh air, could very well be killing you! One of the best ways to beat stress is to get outside, away from your computer, and go for a walk or hike. And Jacksonville has some amazing places to do this. For instance, try a 1.6 mile hike at Boone Park, a jaunt through Confederate Park, or a picnic and a walk on Jarboe Park which offers Neptune Beach nearby. Or, for a more cultural experience, consider the free Jacksonville Art Walk on the first Wednesday of the month in downtown Jacksonville.
Get a Massage Chair
Sure, it might sound weird since a massage chair has a high investment amount in the beginning. But if you spend any time at all recovering from back pain, going to the chiropractor, or receiving massages, then purchasing your on massage chair for your home just makes sense.
Considering the fact that the average American who goes to a massage therapist or chiropractor once a week will spend more than $3000 per year, and the average massage therapy chair can be purchased for under $1,000—or even less—then it’s obvious that a massage therapy chair will pay for itself in less than one year’s time. For pain management, better posture, reduced stress, better sleep, and more health benefits, a massage chair may just be one of the best investments you ever made!
Sure, it might sound ridiculous because breathing is something you do all the time. But do you often think about your breathing. The natural state of our breathing is somewhat shallow and our bodies don’t always take full advantage of our lung capacity. No matter where you are, breathing is free! Take a very deep breath in through your nose, concentrate on filling your lungs fully, hold for a couple of seconds, and then breathe slowly out through your mouth. Doing this just a few times throughout the day is a cost free, effective way to reduce stress.
Reducing stress may take a concentrated effort, but you can do it on budget with these and other creative tips!