With the coming of a new year, self improvement is on the forefront of everyone’s minds. However, for those who are also worried about improving the state of their finances, it can be difficult to balance saving money with spending on items that will improve your life and well-being. But luckily for you, there are some simple and effective ways to do both. So to help those looking to keep more cash in their pocket yet still progress by beginning new, healthy habits, here are three inexpensive ways you can start to look and feel better in 2016.
Create An Exercise Routine
Not only will starting and sticking to a consistent exercise routine make your body fitter and healthier, but you’ll also feel better all around. You’ll have more energy, strength and endurance. You’ll be able to use your body to accomplish your goals and feel better about the state of your overall health and wellness.
While many people think that the only way to create an exercise routine they’ll follow through with is to join a gym or class, there are actually much less expensive ways to create a routine you’re happy to continue doing. Simply make one equipment purchase you’ll enjoy using, like kettlebells for weight training or a yoga mat for stretches, and begin making it a habit to get some use out of them everyday. By only making one purchase, you’ll save yourself some money while always having the equipment there when you want or need it.
Simplify Your Wardrobe
Many people spend way too much of their money on clothing and accessories. This year, consider taking Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous quote to heart: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” With regards to your personal style, Charles Manning. a contributor to Cosmopolitan.com, shares that by choosing clothes that feel comfortable as well as retain a neutral color palette, you will feel more content with your body and your overall appearance as well as save money by only needing to purchase a few staple clothing items that all work well together. This simplicity you add to your wardrobe and your daily routine will have major benefits for your bank account and your personal style.
Journal or Blog Regularly
One reason many people don’t feel as well as they should is due to the fact that they bottle up their emotions. If this sounds familiar to you, Susan Krauss Whitbourne, a contributor to PsychologyToday.com, recommends for you to find someone to use as a sounding board. However, not many people who are looking to save money can afford to visit a counselor or therapist to speak to. As an alternative, consider journaling or blogging regularly to allow your thoughts and feelings to get out of your own head, creating a sense of release that will improve both your mind and your body while also only costing a few dollars.
If you’re creative and determined, it’s easy to come up with ways in which you can look and feel better in 2016 without having to spend a ton of money on quick fixes. Use the tips mentioned above to help improve your own body, mind and spirit in 2016 while keeping as much money in your pocket as possible.