We spent years paying down debt and growing our net worth. A few years in, we realized we were neglecting our physical and mental health. We had put on quite a few pounds and were stressed out. So we decided to get serious about living a healthier, more balanced lifestyle on a budget.
Set Goals for Your Healthy Lifestyle
Reflect and set your own goals. You may want to run a half marathon or be able to do advanced-level yoga poses. It may be as simple as meditating and drowning out the noise for 15 minutes. Whatever it is, write down specific, measurable, and attainable goals.
Prioritize Nutrition on a Budget
The first step to improving your health is to eat healthy food. The easiest way to do that on a budget is to cook at home with quality ingredients and only eat out for special occasions. If the cost of organic produce is giving you anxiety, then read below to ease your mind.
Eliminate Toxins, From Your Diet and Life
Cut Out The Alcohol - Whether you are a big drinker or a social one, try to limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks a week. Stop Smoking, Seriously! - Smoking is an expensive habit. Just add up all the money you spend on cigarettes in a week.
Start Exercising - Start by taking a walk or doing some yoga to improve your mood and give you energy for the rest of the day. Sleep is Underrated - Poor sleep quality links to several chronic diseases and conditions
It's time to look inwards and prioritize your mental health. You can have the perfect body, a great career, and lots of money, but neglecting mental health will keep you from achieving the balanced healthy lifestyle you need.
Mental Health is Paramount to a Healthy Lifestyle
Healthy financial habits help build the proper foundation for the rest of your healthy lifestyle habits. From saving money and building credit to planning for retirement or college, each healthy financial habit is a stepping stone that helps you improve as a person.
Start Now, and Continue Building New Healthy Habits
There's a healthy way to do pretty much everything, so why not start practicing healthy habits that can make you proud. Start small by adding healthy lifestyle habits one at a time and be consistent.