mental health http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/8361/all en-US 6 Self-Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season http://www.wisebread.com/6-self-care-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-self-care-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cheerful_young_woman_smiling.jpg" alt="Cheerful young woman smiling" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's the holiday season, and while you might be busy buying gifts for others, you should also carve out some time (and maybe some goodies) for yourself, too. Self-care should be a priority for you, and it doesn't even have to cost you anything. Here are six ways to take good care of yourself so that you're able to take care of others during the most wonderful time of the year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a>)</p> <h2>1. A better night's sleep</h2> <p>A good night's sleep gives you a strong start to the day, and while there are loads of pricey high-tech sleep gadgets, there are plenty of inexpensive, yet luxurious ways to ease you into slumber, too. <a href="http://amzn.to/2hDYLpA" target="_blank">Cozy pajamas</a>, a <a href="http://amzn.to/2zWAVQl" target="_blank">fluffy robe</a>, toasty <a href="http://amzn.to/2jdmRaO" target="_blank">slippers</a>, and a <a href="http://amzn.to/2jG4G1t" target="_blank">weighted blanket</a>, are just a few budget-friendly gifts that you totally deserve.</p> <p>You can also spritz your pillows with homemade lavender water. Just add 10 drops of lavender essential oil to two ounces of water in a small spray bottle. Ask Alexa, or other home device to play nature sounds for you, or download one of the many free apps on your phone that has soothing sounds to lull you to sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-gifts-for-the-person-who-needs-a-nap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Frugal Gifts for the Person Who Needs a Nap</a>)</p> <h2>2. Coffee and other warm beverages</h2> <p>Grabbing a no-frills coffee at a cafe, to say nothing of a fancier drink, costs much more than buying gourmet grounds to brew at home. That also goes for tea, hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and any other warm winter drink. And what's better than grabbing a hot cup of your favorite drink and curling up in front of the fire or classic holiday movie? During this magical time of year, there are plenty of options for gourmet coffee to buy and make at home for pennies on the dollar of what you'd pay at a restaurant or coffee shop. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking-expensive-coffee?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Here's How Rich You'd Be if You Stopped Drinking Expensive Coffee</a>)</p> <h2>3. Time outdoors</h2> <p>Even though the temperatures are dropping, getting some fresh air helps reduce stress, and provide an energy boost. Bundle up and go for a walk before work, at lunch, or on your way home. It doesn't have to be for a set amount of time, either. Just go until you feel like you're ready to head back inside. And any time spent out in nature won't cost you a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-outdoor-adventures-that-dont-cost-a-dime?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime</a>)</p> <h2>4. The gift of giving</h2> <p>Many organizations are having special volunteer events to prepare Christmas baskets, wrap presents for kids, and perform numerous other services for those who need our help. Put aside some time or a bit of your holiday budget to give back. I have some relatives who prefer to receive donations to their favorite charities in lieu of Christmas gifts, and I'm always happy to oblige. The feeling you get from helping those less fortunate is better than most tangible gifts you will ever receive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-charities-you-can-trust-with-your-holiday-donations?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Charities You Can Trust With Your Holiday Donations</a>)</p> <h2>5. Plenty of healthy foods</h2> <p>Those holiday parties and traditional meals are coming. In these weeks leading up to them, do a little pretox with plenty of fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, and lean proteins. One friend of mine takes &quot;pretox&quot; so seriously that she goes vegan before the holidays are in full swing. She finds that she loses a little bit of weight before the holidays and then can enjoy all of her favorite foods without feeling guilty. Pack your meals with healthy ingredients and reap the benefits of enjoying a well-balanced diet, at least until the candy canes get handed out. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-fantastic-lettuce-free-salads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Fantastic Lettuce-Free Salads</a>)</p> <h2>6. A motivated new year</h2> <p>In the past, I've made long lists of things I was resolved to do in the new year. This year, I chose one big goal &mdash; to get my novel published &mdash; and I focused my creative energy to make that happen. With that success of a focused goal for this year, I've started to think about the one thing I'd like to accomplish for 2018. I'm using these last months of the year to form a plan one small piece at a time.</p> <p>Focusing your time on setting goals for the new year will keep you in a hopeful, positive mindset to end the current year with. And it costs you absolutely nothing to motivate yourself!</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-self-care-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Self-Care%2520Gifts%2520to%2520Give%2520Yourself%2520This%2520Holiday%2520Season.jpg&amp;description=6%20Self-Care%20Gifts%20to%20Give%20Yourself%20This%20Holiday%20Season"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Self-Care%20Gifts%20to%20Give%20Yourself%20This%20Holiday%20Season.jpg" alt="6 Self-Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/christa-avampato">Christa Avampato</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-self-care-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-etiquette-to-get-you-through-the-holidays">Gift Giving Etiquette to Get You Through the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-6-credit-card-moves-now-to-prepare-for-holiday-shopping">Make These 6 Credit Card Moves Now to Prepare for Holiday Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cheat-sheet-retail-markup-on-common-items">Cheat Sheet: Retail Markup on Common Items</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Shopping christmas shopping gift guide holiday shopping mental health self-care shopping tips Mon, 27 Nov 2017 09:30:10 +0000 Christa Avampato 2058942 at http://www.wisebread.com Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/meditation_at_airport.jpg" alt="Meditation at airport" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You're stuck at the airport. You're stressed. You're worried about being late to your destination. You're tired. What can you do to chill out on the spot?</p> <p>Luckily, you can make self-care your top priority wherever you are. You don't need a yoga mat, a dark room, and tons of lit candles around you in order to remain relaxed. Just follow these tips and you'll keep stress from ruining your trip. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a>)</p> <h2>1. Breathe deeply</h2> <p>Even if you're stuck standing in line with a pile of luggage, you still have enough room to take a deep breath. In addition to easing anxiety, deep breathing stabilizes blood pressure, and slows the heartbeat.</p> <p>One of the fundamentals of yoga (which was created as a method of relaxing the mind for meditation) is abdominal breathing, or diaphragmatic breathing. If you have never stepped inside of a yoga studio, don't fret. There are apps for this. <a href="https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT206999" target="_blank">Breathe</a> is a default breathing app for the Apple watch and iPhone, but <a href="http://www.saagara.com/apps/breathing/universal-breathing-pranayama" target="_blank">Universal Breathing</a> and <a href="http://www.breathing.zone/" target="_blank">Breathing Zone</a> also have many fans. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-smartphone-apps-that-make-self-care-a-snap?ref=seealso" target="_blank">14 Smartphone Apps That Make Self-Care a Snap</a>)</p> <h2>2. Meditate</h2> <p>If you're already in the habit of breathing deeply, you might as well work on your meditation skills, too. Although relaxation is not actually the goal of meditation, it's often a happy side effect of the practice, along with reduced stress, lower blood pressure, and better circulation. Really, the goal of meditation is to stay in the present moment. There are many types of meditation, so choose one that feels comfortable to you.</p> <h2>3. Wash your hands</h2> <p>Actually, washing any part of your body in warm water will calm your nerves and muscles. But washing your hands with soap has the added benefit of killing germs that can make you sick. Planes, with their recycled air and filthy buttons, are flying disease factories.</p> <h2>4. Eat a healthy snack</h2> <p>Airports are of full of junk food. A sugary snack might provide a quick pick-me-up, but the resulting sugar crash will not improve your mood. Seek out fresh, raw fruits, veggies, and proteins from the newsstand or sandwich shop in your terminal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/eat-these-6-foods-to-stay-healthy-while-traveling?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Eat These 6 Foods to Stay Healthy While Traveling</a>)</p> <h2>5. Fidget</h2> <p>Knit. Twirl your fidget spinner. Try to peel an orange in one long spiral-shaped piece. Try your hand at tying nautical knots with a loose string on your coat. Lace your shoes in new and dramatic ways. Busy fingers will quiet a busy mind.</p> <h2>6. Clean out your purse or your inbox</h2> <p>Yeah, you should have done this before you left home, but now is the perfect time to remove all the old gum wrappers, random pen caps, and other assorted junk that is literally weighing you down from your bag.</p> <p>And once you're done with that, head over to your inbox and start deleting. Seeing that unread number go down within minutes will put your mind at ease, leaving your digital space much tidier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life</a>)</p> <h2>7. Move around</h2> <p>If the idea of doing stretches on the airport carpet grosses you out, there are many modified yoga poses, and other quick workouts you can do from the comfort (or discomfort) of your seat at the airport or even on the plane. Even a short lap around the terminal can put more pep in your step. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a>)</p> <h2>8. Imagine paradise</h2> <p>You might be on a layover from hell, but you can use <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-flux/201606/the-benefits-creative-visualization" target="_blank">creative visualization</a> to take a fabulous vacation inside your head. Imagine yourself at your dream location. What are you doing? What music is playing in the background? What are you wearing? What delicious things are you going to order for dinner? Who are you traveling with? Since it's all in your head, nothing is too outrageous or silly.</p> <p>In addition to stress relief, creative visualization in a powerful training tool for your mind. It can help you solve problems by getting you to think outside of the box. There's a reason why everyone from professional athletes to artists use this brain hack to reach their goals. It works.</p> <h2>9. Laugh out loud</h2> <p>Laughter is the best medicine. OK, maybe not the best, compared to <em>actual</em> medicine. But it's certainly one of the best free ways to manage stress. So watch a funny movie, trade jokes with the person sitting next to you, or simply think of your most hilarious memory. Even if you can't release a giggle, the simple act of <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/simply-smiling-can-actually-reduce-stress-10461286/" target="_blank">smiling can reduce stress</a>.</p> <h2>10. Do a little journaling</h2> <p>Yes, keeping a gratitude journal does sound like something that your new-age aunt would recommend. But Auntie is right! A study out of Stanford University found that keeping a gratitude journal can <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/living/article/Stanford-happiness-class-proves-popular-helpful-2303168.php#photo-1809034" target="_blank">reduce stress by 27 percent</a>. Research subjects at Yale reported that that a <a href="http://ei.yale.edu/what-is-gratitude/" target="_blank">keeping a gratitude journal</a> resulted in higher alertness, determination, and energy. So put pen to paper and record all the reasons your life is good.</p> <h2>11. Unplug</h2> <p>Study after study has shown that unplugging from the phone and other devices is a quick way to reboot the brain. Hyper-connectivity takes a toll on people, psychologically and physically. Also, light-emitting devices like smartphones, e-readers, and tablets have been shown to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25535358" target="_blank">negatively affect circadian timing</a>. If you are trying to use your flying time to get some rest or combat jet lag, avoid looking at your devices before you go to sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Fall Asleep When You Can't</a>)</p> <h2>12. Hug your loved ones</h2> <p>Hugging releases oxytocin, a stress-busting hormone, into the bloodstream. In addition to lowering blood pressure and anxiety, getting hugged improves pain tolerance, and boosts immunity. In a 2014 study, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found that <a href="https://www.cmu.edu/news/stories/archives/2014/december/december17_hugsprotect.html" target="_blank">hugging protects people who are under stress</a> from the increased risk of colds.</p> <p>But hugging doesn't just help humans feel better. If you are traveling with an animal, petting has been shown to give similar benefits to both the person giving the pets and the animal receiving the pets. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-tips-for-traveling-with-pets?ref=seealso" target="_blank">23 Tips for Traveling With Pets</a>)</p> <h2>13. Call a friend</h2> <p>Loneliness is a killer. If you are feeling disconnected, call someone, even if it's just to say hello. They will most likely be delighted to hear from you, and you'll kill some time while the two of you catch up. If none of your friends are available to chat, give your parents a call. Your mother would love for you to call her more often anyway.</p> <h2>14. Take a nap</h2> <p>This seems obvious. However, many people are afraid to nap at airports for security and scheduling reasons. As someone who sleeps in airports, and as a money and time saver, here is my three-step solution:</p> <ol> <li> <p>Secure your luggage.</p> </li> <li> <p>To avoid oversleeping, set an alarm clock.</p> </li> <li> <p>Write &quot;Please wake me up at (insert time)&quot; on sticky notes and stick those to yourself.</p> </li> </ol> <p>Now that you have my top-secret airport-sleeping trick, please go rest. You deserve it.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? 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Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Travel airports flight delays holiday stress holiday travel mental health self-care stress travel tips Thu, 09 Nov 2017 08:30:17 +0000 Max Wong 2050419 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cozy_christmas_at_home.jpg" alt="Cozy Christmas at home" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's almost that time of year again. You know, the most wonderful time of year. Or, if you're like me, the time when you feel like you run a marathon for months and never, ever stop.</p> <p>During the holiday season, it's especially important to find a way to take a breather. After all, you want to remember these days as some of the best, right? And what better way to do that than to cut the crazy, and find a way to really relax and enjoy yourself?</p> <h2>1. Take a breath</h2> <p>No, you don't have to take up meditation. But even stopping for two or three breaths when you start to feel stressed can help you recenter. I know someone who goes so far as to set alarms on her exercise tracker every two or three hours. When her wrist buzzes, she finds a place where she can take a few deep breaths. She swears it makes her healthier and happier. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a>)</p> <h2>2. Plan fewer activities</h2> <p>There are a million things to do over the holiday season. If you try to do them all, though, you'll discover that they stop being fun and become stressful instead. So pick a few things, maybe the ones you're most excited about or the ones you think your family will love, and do only those. If you want to do something more, there's always next year. Limiting the number of things you commit to will reduce your stress.</p> <h2>3. Schedule intimate gatherings</h2> <p>When you really want to talk to someone, there's no better way to achieve that than to plan a small, intimate holiday get-together, rather than a huge bustling party. Have a few interesting people over, offer some simple refreshments, and really get to know the people in your life. It's so much less stressful than planning a huge party! You can even do this several times, with different people, if you have a lot of friends you'd like to entertain this season.</p> <h2>4. Play music</h2> <p>Whether you love traditional holiday music or not, it's likely you can find something that is both in the holiday spirit and that reduces your stress levels. You may not want to keep it on all the time, but finding a way to incorporate holiday music into your daily life should not only get you a little more into the holiday spirit, but can also help you feel more relaxed and excited about the season. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-choose-the-best-streaming-music-service-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Choose the Best Streaming Music Service for You</a>)</p> <h2>5. Shop early</h2> <p>Buying your holiday gifts late can be incredibly stressful. The lines are longer, there are more people to contend with, and popular gifts can be harder to find. While it takes a bit of planning and some storage space, shopping early helps you avoid all of these hectic moments. Even if you love the rush of last-minute holiday gift-buying, you can plan your lists now and buy some items that might be impossible to find later. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-you-should-start-your-holiday-shopping-now?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Reasons You Should Start Your Holiday Shopping Now</a>)</p> <h2>6. Take some time off</h2> <p>Depending on your job, taking time off right around the holidays can be almost impossible. But if you have the vacation days, it's worth taking a few sometime during the season to make time to chill. If nothing else, use a couple of vacation days just to get stuff done. That way, you don't have to fit everything in around work and the rest of your hectic holiday schedule.</p> <h2>7. Make time to exercise</h2> <p>When you're running around like crazy, fitting in exercise can feel like just one more difficult thing you have to do. Since exercise reduces stress, though, it may be one of the most important things that you do this holiday season. You don't have to find time for a killer gym workout, either. A 20-30 minute walk, even on a treadmill, will do you good. Make exercise a habit during the holidays, and beat some of the stress that comes with the season.</p> <h2>8. Get outside</h2> <p>Unfortunately, one of the most stressful times of the year goes hand in hand with one of the darkest times of the year. This is important because time spent out in natural light helps the body produce vitamin D, which is key to helping us deal with stress. Whenever possible, spend a few minutes each day outside. If you can't stand the cold, take some vitamin D supplements so your body has what it needs to be able to battle stress.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Ways%2520to%2520Actually%2520Relax%2520Over%2520the%2520Holidays.jpg&amp;description=8%20Ways%20to%20Actually%20Relax%20Over%20the%20Holidays"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Ways%20to%20Actually%20Relax%20Over%20the%20Holidays.jpg" alt="8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle Christmas get enough sleep holiday travel Holidays mental health self-care stress stress-free Thanksgiving Thu, 02 Nov 2017 08:00:09 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2039985 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Before the End of the Year http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-life-before-the-end-of-the-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-life-before-the-end-of-the-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_am_a_strong_woman.jpg" alt="I am a strong woman" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The new year is on its way, and we all know what that means: People will be planning their New Year's resolutions en masse. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, they're definitely going to start popping up in conversations soon.</p> <p>While post-ball drop is the perfect time to set goals in order to improve your life, we sometimes forget that we can change our lives anytime. In fact, why not get started today? Here are some small things that could change your life for the better by the time January 1 rolls around.</p> <h2>1. Defeat negative thoughts</h2> <p>We all think negatively from time to time, but if you are someone who gets into negative feedback loops that just don't stop, it's time to figure out how to get out of that pattern. You can try everything from simply looking for the positive, to talking to someone you trust, to writing those thoughts down in order to find patterns and triggers. You may even want to consult with a medical professional if you try everything and find yourself still stuck. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-be-a-more-positive-person?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Be a More Positive Person</a>)</p> <h2>2. Check your credit report</h2> <p>Sure, you're supposed to do this every year, but do you get it done? It's an easy thing to put off, even though it's important to know as soon as possible if there are items on your report that shouldn't be there. It usually doesn't take more than an hour to check with all three bureaus. If you find a mistake, contact the bureau and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-always-dispute-mistakes-on-your-credit-report" target="_blank">dispute the error</a>. You may also need to contact the creditor who provided the information to the credit bureau. Just like that, you'll have improved your financial future. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-read-a-credit-report?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Read a Credit Report</a>)</p> <h2>3. Ask someone new out for coffee</h2> <p>Getting to know new people can be hard. Make it a goal that, before the new year, you'll find someone you'd like to know better and actually go on a coffee date with them. This can be someone you're interested in as a friend, significant other, mentor, or more. Inviting new people into your life will give you new perspectives and may open doors you never expected.</p> <h2>4. Clean out your inbox</h2> <p>That massive number in the red bubble on your phone is probably stressing you out more than you know. Take 10 minutes every day to whittle it down, and by the new year, you will feel like you have a new inbox, too. You'll also be able to ensure that you're caught up on everything. As a bonus, take the time to unsubscribe from anything you're not actually interested in, so those emails don't keep cluttering up your space. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-declutter-your-digital-life?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life</a>)</p> <h2>5. Start a nightly routine</h2> <p>Good habits make us feel better and live better, and nighttime is a great place to start. Begin by setting the same bedtime each night and sticking to it, so you can make sure you're getting all the rest you need. Add in things like setting out your clothes for the next day, tidying up for five minutes, or meditation, and your routine will serve you even better. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-fall-asleep-when-you-cant?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Fall Asleep When You Can't</a>)</p> <h2>6. Make doctor's appointments</h2> <p>Going to the doctor isn't easy, even if it's just a routine preventive visit. However, these are the visits where you can get questions answered by your doctor and catch ailments before they leave you flat on your back. So if you have appointments you've been putting off, make it a goal to have them done by the end of the year. That way, you'll start 2018 with all the knowledge you need to live well and be healthy.</p> <h2>7. Practice gratitude</h2> <p>Every night, maybe as part of your nightly routine, write down at least three things from the day that you are grateful for. Having a regular gratitude practice can help you feel better physically and mentally. It also makes you feel better about yourself and adds to your mental strength. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-feel-better-about-your-financial-situation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways to Feel Better About Your Financial Situation</a>)</p> <h2>8. Check your retirement contributions</h2> <p>Are you contributing enough to your retirement fund? Use a retirement calculator to find out. Even if retirement is far in the future, you want to make sure you're ready when you get there. If you aren't contributing enough, you'll have time to make changes to your budget so you can contribute more in the new year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-thing-could-be-the-key-to-retiring-rich?ref=seealso" target="_blank">This One Thing Could Be the Key to Retiring Rich</a>)</p> <h2>9. Keep a list of accomplishments</h2> <p>Most of us have some sort of to-do list, whether it's in our heads or written down. But we don't keep a similar list of the things we get done. Sure, it may not be important to note that you successfully bought cat food today, but getting in and out of the store with three kids in tow is certainly an accomplishment.</p> <p>This can be especially useful when you are pursuing big goals, because it's a constant reminder that you are chipping away at what you want, even if it doesn't always feel that way. Start your list today, and by the new year you'll be able to see that you've accomplished quite a lot.</p> <h2>10. Set up automatic savings contributions</h2> <p>Saving money is often an afterthought. However, when you set up your accounts to automatically transfer money to a savings account every time you get paid, it gets a lot easier. Even if you only transfer $20 a paycheck, you'll have almost $500 within one year. That's significant and, over time, it can become even more so. Set a goal for your savings and watch it become reality. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-the-savings-strategy-that-works-for-you?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Find the Savings Strategy That Works For You</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-life-before-the-end-of-the-year&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Easy%2520Ways%2520to%2520Improve%2520Your%2520Life%2520Before%2520the%2520End%2520of%2520the%2520Year.jpg&amp;description=10%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Improve%20Your%20Life%20Before%20the%20End%20of%20the%20Year"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Easy%20Ways%20to%20Improve%20Your%20Life%20Before%20the%20End%20of%20the%20Year.jpg" alt="10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Life Before the End of the Year" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-easy-ways-to-improve-your-life-before-the-end-of-the-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-before-the-new-year">25 Things to Do Before the New Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Lifestyle best year ever budget tips health tips healthy lifestyle improve your life mental health New Year's self care Fri, 27 Oct 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2041944 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_relaxing_grass_544106630.jpg" alt="Woman finding easy ways to reduce stress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Stress is a natural part of the human experience. There's really no way to prevent it altogether, but finding ways to manage stress and reduce it are paramount to leading a healthy and productive life. Here are 74 easy ways to keep stress from ruining your day.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_work_meditating_468693435.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=fbf" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a> &mdash; It might sound strange to practice breathing, as it's something you do without thinking in order to stay alive, but taking some time each day to focus on breathing deeply can drastically reduce your stress levels. This also prepares you for extremely stressful moments, as it'll feel second-nature to react with slow and deep breaths to remain calm.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress?ref=fbf" target="_blank">10 Ways to Relieve Your Money Stress</a> &mdash; Money stress can be a bear. The bills keep piling up and obsessing over how you're going to get out of a debt hole can make you feel like you're suffocating. These simple strategies will help you escape that money stress, because after all, money isn't everything.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-618976344.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20?ref=fbf" target="_blank">8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20</a> &mdash; Sometimes all it takes to push the stress away is giving yourself a treat. These affordable stress relief items will not only fit your budget, but they'll also brighten your mood.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes?ref=fbf" target="_blank">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a> &mdash; If you'd rather make some memories, rather than buy tangible things, these stress-relieving activities are what you've been looking for. It can be as easy as heading outside, breathing in the fresh air, and spending time with your favorite people. Instant mood boost!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_73912007_LARGE_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money?ref=fbf" target="_blank">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a> ― Another great way to battle stress is to turn it into cold hard cash. It's true that money can't buy happiness, but sometimes, it can definitely bring you peace.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress?ref=fbf" target="_blank">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a> &mdash; Stress relief shouldn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. Keeping your mind healthy is as important as keeping the rest of your body healthy. And until mental health care is free, these budget-friendly stress relievers will help put your mind at ease.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle anxiety fbf flashback friday how to relax mental health relaxation self-care stress free Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:30:06 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 2024818 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_meditating_541865750.jpg" alt="Woman practicing self care and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Self care&quot; has become a buzzword. It has become associated with spa days and luxurious vacations, and critics say that it's more of an exercise in self-indulgence. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a>)</p> <p>However, true self care doesn't actually have to have anything to do with spending lots of money. In fact, truly caring for yourself, giving yourself what you need, and making your own well-being a priority, will save you money in the long run. Here are a few ways that can work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Taking care of your body is important. In fact, it's one of the most important things you can do for your health. And as your body produces endorphins during exercise, it helps your mental health, as well. If you want to run a lower risk of shelling out money at the doctor's office, make daily exercise part of your routine.</p> <p>But wait! Don't gym memberships cost money? Luckily, you don't need a pricey gym membership to get physically fit. Just a quality pair of sneakers, comfy clothes, and an open trail on which to run or walk every day can help protect your ticker. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>2. Rest</h2> <p>Another basic tenet of real self care is rest. This means getting enough sleep at night, but it also means taking days off when needed. Just taking a mental health day will give your body and mind a chance to relax and reset, rather than be on all the time. You will also be more productive when you return to work with a fresh mind after a day off. You'll have more energy to tackle additional tasks outside of work, and to work on your side gigs to bring in extra income. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Body Every Day</a>)</p> <p>Sleep can save you money, too. You'll make better decisions (financial and otherwise) when you are well-rested. And according to a study by Harvard University, <a href="http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk" target="_blank">sleeping eight hours or more each night</a> lowers your risk of expensive chronic health problems that can push you straight into debt.</p> <h2>3. Healthy eating</h2> <p>What you eat and how you eat it can save you money, too. For many people, part of self care involves eating healthier by planning meals, grocery shopping for fresh ingredients, and then cooking and eating at home.</p> <p>Obviously, you will spend less on your food when you prepare it yourself. You will avoid pricey takeout meals that probably aren't as healthy, you'll improve your cooking skills, and you're taking care of your body, which, again, will help lower your risk of contracting any obesity-caused illnesses.</p> <h2>4. Setting goals</h2> <p>When we aren't caring for ourselves in the most basic sense, it can be harder to focus on our financial goals. Being focused and vigilant in one area of our lives can easily trickle into others. So when we're eating right, getting enough rest, and taking care of our bodies, we become more inclined to keep that positive momentum going. We plan ahead. We want to safeguard our future in every sense, including planning for retirement, paying off debt, and making smarter financial choices.</p> <h2>5. Creating boundaries</h2> <p>Maintaining personal boundaries is a huge part of self care, and it can also save us money. Because boundaries help us define what is and is not part of who we are, solid ones help us prevent poor spending decisions like competitive spending with friends, feeling pressured to lend others money, etc. If we value our financial health, then, boundaries will help us spend when we need to but not so much or so often that it negatively impacts our financial future. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation</a>)</p> <p>Investing in self care doesn't have to be frivolous or luxurious; it often means changing our daily habits so that we are prioritizing our best interests.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Ways%2520Self%2520Care%2520Can%2520Actually%2520Save%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20Self%20Care%20Can%20Actually%20Save%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20Self%20Care%20Can%20Actually%20Save%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress">10 Ways to Relieve Your Money Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle budget Health mental health saving money self care Spending Money Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2013366 at http://www.wisebread.com 7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_work_meditating_468693435.jpg" alt="Woman staying calm in stressful moments" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>No matter how much we simplify our lives, try to be organized, or carefully plan our weeks, stress happens. And in a hyper-connected world, stress can find us wherever we are. With a reach like that, we could all use a few new strategies for maintaining a level head when the world feels upside down. Here are seven ways to stay calm when you're stressed.</p> <h2>1. Prepare yourself mentally</h2> <p>If you can anticipate stress, you can prepare for it and (with a little practice) control your response to it. Approach the situation with a positive attitude, consider what solutions will be available, make a plan, and determine how you'll reward yourself once the challenge is over. With a strategy in place, you'll be much more likely to stay cool when the heat is on.</p> <h2>2. Breathe</h2> <p>Proper breathing feeds oxygen to your brain and helps restore imbalances in the autonomic nervous system &mdash; two advantages if you're trying to keep calm under pressure. Take a few moments to practice mindful breathing. Inhale deeply, expanding the chest and engaging the diaphragm muscles. Exhale slowly and fully. Repeat. Relax. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-might-be-breathing-wrong-heres-what-you-should-do-instead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Might Be Breathing Wrong</a>)</p> <h2>3. Think of the big picture</h2> <p>Without proper perspective, stress can seem all-consuming. When you feel the pressure mounting, remind yourself that this is just a challenging moment in time; it's not the rest of your life. Identify the natural end point of every stressful period &mdash; the end of workweek, once final exams are over, or as soon as the latest project is complete &mdash; then work toward that point with renewed clarity and energy.</p> <h2>4. Identify what you can and can't control</h2> <p>Every stressful situation is different. Focus your energy by understanding what's within your control <em>right now</em> and working through solutions. Surrender everything that's beyond your control to the talents of others and that ultimate de-stressor: <em>time</em>.</p> <h2>5. Focus on what's urgent</h2> <p>With a clearer idea of what you can control, prioritize tasks as you go. Ask yourself, &quot;What issue is most urgent? What could have the largest impact on my job, my business, or my family?&quot; Sure, the printer may be jammed, there are deliveries to sign for, and your best salesperson just handed in her resignation letter. But if your largest client is fuming on the other end of the phone, that's the emergency. Focus only on what's primary and leave the rest for later.</p> <h2>6. Delegate</h2> <p>Often, stress is simply the result of too much to do in too short a time. In these instances, find someone you can delegate low-level tasks to (a team member at work, and a friend or family member at home). Trust that person to get the job done without your constant supervision and input. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-delegate-at-work-and-at-home-in-4-easy-steps?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Delegate at Work and at Home in 4 Easy Steps</a>)</p> <h2>7. Unplug</h2> <p>If you're feeling overwhelmed, phone calls, emails, text messages, and a steady stream of world news will only add to the chaos. Give yourself permission to unplug for awhile and give your brain a rest. If stress is a regular part of your life, reserve some off-grid time every evening or on weekends. Defend your downtime (and avoid worrying friends and family) by letting everyone know you won't be available. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress?ref=seealso" target="_blank">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like This Article? Pin it!</p> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F7%2520Ways%2520to%2520Stay%2520Calm%2520in%2520Stressful%2520Moments.jpg&amp;description=7%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Calm%20in%20Stressful%20Moments"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/7%20Ways%20to%20Stay%20Calm%20in%20Stressful%20Moments.jpg" alt="7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments" width="250" height="374" /></p> </h2> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle breathing exercises calm deep breath meditation mental health self care stay calm stress Mon, 07 Aug 2017 09:01:05 +0000 Kentin Waits 1996874 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-638984280.jpg" alt="Sandwich generation practicing self care" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="142" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Sandwich Generation &mdash; those who are both caring for their aging parents and raising their own children &mdash; face unique stressors that most others do not. If you're in this generation, then you know what it feels like to constantly have other people need you, to the point that you feel like you never have a moment to yourself.</p> <p>Even though you feel squashed between the needs and expectations of others, you have to take care of yourself, too. Otherwise, you won't be able to stay healthy and strong enough to continue caring for everyone who loves you and needs you. Here are some simple, free ways to start caring for yourself today.</p> <h2>1. Track accomplishments</h2> <p>When there are always more demands on your time, it's easy to forget the things you do get done. So track your accomplishments every day. Even keeping a running list of the things you do can help you feel better about the ways you're spending your time and energy. Remember to include relationships you invest in and people you actively care for, because those things matter, too!</p> <h2>2. Get more sleep</h2> <p>Choose sleep even when there's more to do. Give yourself a bedtime, and find a way to stick to it. Make sleep nonnegotiable, so you have the energy and the alertness to deal with whatever tomorrow throws at you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>3. Allow yourself to feel</h2> <p>Both children and aging parents tend to come with a lot of feelings that you may tend to prioritize. Instead of letting <em>their </em>feelings dominate yours, set aside some time for your feelings. Give yourself 10-15 minutes every morning or night to cry, be angry, or whatever. Enter into your feelings, give them their own time and space, and you will process them better and maintain better emotional health through a difficult time.</p> <h2>4. Get goofy</h2> <p>Are your kids being silly? Join them. Giving yourself time to play means letting loose, being free from constant demands, and remembering what it's like to have fun. When you're running from task to task, it's easy to forget what that feels like. But giving yourself some time to be a goofball will make you feel better when you return to your regularly scheduled adulting.</p> <h2>5. Breathe deeply</h2> <p>Deep breaths are good for you. They help you focus, fully oxygenate your body, and help you be intentional about the pace you're setting. Stopping every so often for three to five deep breaths will help you feel more in control, and like you can handle all of the things on your plate.</p> <h2>6. Talk to yourself kindly</h2> <p>Stop the critical voices in your head by becoming your own best friend. What would you say to a best friend facing stress like this? I can almost guarantee it's not the same things you're saying to yourself. Change the messages you're sending yourself, and you will feel better about the important work you're doing.</p> <h2>7. Exercise</h2> <p>If hitting the gym is your thing, make sure you go. But exercise doesn't have to be hard, time-consuming, or even cost money. It can be as simple as taking a walk. The point is to get your body moving and get some endorphins flowing. Plus, exercise helps you stay stronger and healthier, so you can continue to care for those who need you.</p> <h2>8. Give yourself a gift</h2> <p>Give yourself something that you need or want. This can be as simple as a couple extra hours of sleep or a morning off. Or maybe you need to buy yourself something, as opposed to spending your money on everyone else first. Being intentional about gifting yourself what you need &mdash; without going overboard, of course &mdash; will make you feel more valued and cared for. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-stress-relief-items-you-need-in-your-life-that-are-under-20?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Stress Relief Items You Need in Your Life That Are Under $20</a>)</p> <h2>9. Ask for help</h2> <p>Whether you need to hire a baby sitter, get some help caring for your parents, or have someone else clean the house, do it. If you can't afford it, ask some friends or family members for help. When you stop expecting to do it all on your own, you'll feel better about the things that you do get done, and you'll feel free to set the boundaries you need to maintain your physical and emotional health.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F9%2520Simple%2520Acts%2520of%2520Self-Care%2520for%2520the%2520Sandwich%2520Generation.jpg&amp;description=9%20Simple%20Acts%20of%20Self-Care%20for%20the%20Sandwich%20Generation"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/9%20Simple%20Acts%20of%20Self-Care%20for%20the%20Sandwich%20Generation.jpg" alt="9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-self-care-gifts-to-give-yourself-this-holiday-season">6 Self-Care Gifts to Give Yourself This Holiday Season</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Family Health and Beauty healthy living meditation mental health millennials sandwich generation self-care self-care tips Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:00:05 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 1995275 at http://www.wisebread.com Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-477120696.jpg" alt="Woman treating herself with free self-care routines" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You'll be of no use to anyone lest you take care of yourself. That's right &mdash; on the list of priorities, <em>you </em>should come first. For some personality types, this comes easier than others. No matter what your schedule and responsibilities, it's still possible to take time to nourish and refresh your mind and body. A little self-care goes a long way toward helping you become your better self &mdash; and it doesn't have to cost a thing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Dance like no one's watching</h2> <p>Not only can dancing help to boost your spirits, it can also advance your mental health and well-being by stimulating the brain's sensory and motor circuits. Dancing on a regular basis, whether on stage or at home in your pajamas, is also known to help relieve chronic pain, reduce stress and anxiety, and stabilize the effects of diseases, such as Parkinson's.</p> <h2>2. Soak up the sun</h2> <p>For a natural boost of serotonin &mdash;&nbsp;the hormone that promotes happiness and good feelings &mdash; look no further than the sunshine beaming outside your front door. A healthy dose of UV rays can help to make you feel calm, cool, and collected, while also working to prevent seasonal affective disorder. No matter the weather, time spent in the great outdoors is a proven mood booster, so don't let a little cloud cover or drizzle prevent you from spending more time in nature. Plus, you don't have to pay a dime to walk outside.</p> <h2>3. Practice yoga</h2> <p>The use of yoga as a system of self-care and healing is one of many beneficial reasons to do it. Rather than viewing yoga as a means to getting a good workout, the ancient art of movement and breath work can be used as a tool for developing the right attitude to face life's great challenges. Luckily, you don't need a fancy yoga studio membership to reap all of these benefits. Yoga Journal and YouTube, for example, offer free videos for energizing morning yoga sequences to start you on your journey toward peace and contentment. Look for free yoga apps on your smartphone, too. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/where-to-find-free-or-cheap-yoga-classes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Where to Find Free or Cheap Yoga Classes</a>)</p> <h2>4. Sleep on your side</h2> <p>Experts insist that sleeping on your side offers the best chance for a night of uninterrupted slumber. Side-sleepers are also less likely to experience morning neck, back, or hip pain because this sleeping position helps to keep your spine well-supported.</p> <p>Pro tip: if sleeping on your side doesn't come naturally, or if it causes you to feel discomfort, consider placing a pillow between your legs to alleviate pressure on your hips and lower back.</p> <h2>5. Clean and moisturize your face</h2> <p>The best defense against pimples and clogged pores is a committed nighttime skin-cleaning regimen. Not only will removing all the dirt and makeup from your face before bed keep your skin looking clear, but it will also help you to feel more happy and confident. Not surprisingly, acne is often a trigger for depression, especially in teens. Of course, everyone's skin is different and this daily routine might not clear up acne completely, but it will certainly help prevent the spread of bacteria that causes breakouts.</p> <p>The good news is there's no need to break the bank on designer night creams. Experts say even the most basic moisturizers are packed with peptides and vitamin C, and those are precisely the ingredients you need to make your skin firmer and prevent new wrinkles from forming.</p> <h2>6. Forgive and forget</h2> <p>When we release negative emotions, we create new space for more positivity within our psyche. According to Everett Worthington, a professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, learning to forgive others can improve not only your mental and emotional well-being, but also your physical health. &quot;When you get rid of anger, your muscles relax, you're less anxious, you have more energy, [and] your immune system can strengthen,&quot; he told the American Psychological Association.</p> <h2>7. Reflect on your daily accomplishments</h2> <p>Celebrate your daily victories, no matter how small. Did you meet your goal to get up early and exercise before making the commute to work? Maybe you stood up for yourself in a difficult social situation, or performed a good deed for a stranger. Take a mental note of all you've achieved at the end of each day and spend a moment basking in that well-earned sense of satisfaction.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation">9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle healthy lifestyle mental health self-care self-care tips take care of yourself treat yo self treat yourself Thu, 13 Apr 2017 08:30:16 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1926608 at http://www.wisebread.com Mental Tricks That Will Help You Hate Winter Less http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-505830120.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm no stranger to winter. Raised in Iowa, I'm all too familiar with the extreme whiteouts and wind chills that start in November and don't reliably end until early April. It's the kind of weather that makes my nose hair freeze and my face hurt. But over the years, those of us from colder climates develop creative ways to thrive in winter's grip. If you find yourself tiring of the season, take heart and take heed! Here are seven mental tricks that might help you learn to love winter &mdash; or at least hate it a little less.</p> <h2>1. Understand Winter's Benefits</h2> <p>The purpose of cold winter months isn't simply to drive us all crazy with cabin fever. The long deep-freeze kills disease-carrying insects, interrupts the migration of invasive species, and slows the growth of nuisance vegetation. Ice buildup along lake shorelines even helps reduce soil erosion and protect wetland areas. At those moments when you feel frustrated by the frigid temps, remember &mdash; there's a beneficial cycle at play in nature.</p> <h2>2. Embrace All Things Domestic</h2> <p>Tired of winter interrupting your normal routine with freezing temps, snow, and icy roads? Maybe it's time to dominate domestically. Make a list of projects you can tackle and easily complete each week. My own list includes pricing items for a summertime yard sale, shredding stacks of personal paperwork, scanning and saving old family photos, and finally learning how to bake something &mdash; <em>anything </em>&mdash; from scratch. After two or three months of projects, I'll be more organized, more capable in the kitchen, and a few steps closer to spring.</p> <h2>3. Hang Out With Winter Enthusiasts</h2> <p>Misery loves company. If you want to beat your cold weather woes, don't look for the like-minded. Instead, seek out those folks who flourish in winter. With a little coaxing, you may find yourself enjoying the season with friends who love snowboarding, ice-fishing, or whiling away entire afternoons playing giant Jenga at a local pub.</p> <h2>4. Get Oh So Cozy</h2> <p>Roughly translated from Norwegian, &quot;koselig&quot; means &quot;coziness.&quot; Instead of fighting winter, do what the Norwegians do: Shift your thinking and give in to the spirit of the season. On those cold winter nights, wrap yourself in a down comforter, enjoy a steaming mug of cider, and binge-watch a TV series or lose yourself a good book. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">50 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter</a>)</p> <h2>5. Indulge in Little Luxuries</h2> <p>Acquiring more stuff isn't the path to happiness, but a few strategic luxuries can help take the frost off winter. Treat yourself to some scented candles, good wine, high-end chocolate, or a monthly massage. While you're at it, spring for a temporary subscription to a video on-demand service like Netflix or Hulu to pass the time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-little-luxuries-that-go-a-long-way?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Little Luxuries That Go a Long Way</a>)</p> <h2>6. Let the Light Shine In</h2> <p>Though it's a commodity during winter months, natural light is an essential mood lifter. Keep curtains and blinds open during the day, repaint dark or drab walls, clear clutter away from windows, and flood your space with as much natural light as possible.</p> <h2>7. Plan a Spring Fling</h2> <p>Having something to look forward to can make cold winter months seem like a mere blip on the calendar. Schedule a warm weather trip and countdown your departure date with an app like <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/days-until/id297804039?mt=8" target="_blank">Days Until</a> or <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/countdown+-lite-social-calendar/id566237798?mt=8" target="_blank">Countdown+</a>. Then, spend those snowy afternoons planning your itinerary, reserving a hotel, refining your vacation wardrobe, and finding new ways to squirrel away extra fun money. Spring will be here before you know it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul">9 Reasons Alone Time Is Good For Your Soul</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Life Hacks Lifestyle mental health mental tricks SAD seasonal affective disorder self-care tips winter winter madness Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:00:10 +0000 Kentin Waits 1889189 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_women_jogging_538947995.jpg" alt="Friends keeping anxiety from ruining their budget" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Life gets tough sometimes. When work is overwhelming, you are fighting with your parents, and the news seems to get grimmer every day, you might find yourself shopping your way into a better mood or pulling the covers over your head and ignoring all of your responsibilities.</p> <p>Stress, anxiety, and depression affect all of us at some time or another. And whether you are dealing with occasional and momentary periods of stress, or you are in the grips of a long-term and serious depressive episode, your mental state can often wreak havoc on your finances. It's not easy to protect your budget from your anxiety's destructive impulses, but the following types of self-care will not only help you to feel better when stress strikes, but they will also protect your bottom line.</p> <h2>1. Recruit an Accountability Partner</h2> <p>Accountability partners are an important strategy for improving your finances. Not only does having a partner motivate you to stay on the straight-and-narrow while you pay down debt or increase your savings, but working with someone else can offer you encouragement when you are feeling down and add some fun to a long process.</p> <p>All of these benefits are also crucial if you are trying to keep your budget looking healthy while you're dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. In the case of trying to keep your mental state from hurting your finances, your accountability partner may act a little bit more like a sponsor from a 12-step program. You can call that person when you are overwhelmed and count on her to remind you of why a shopping binge will not actually help you feel better.</p> <p>Obviously, you and your accountability partner need to be able to offer each other the emotional support you both need. In times of widespread anxiety, it can be a little more difficult to find a partner when everyone is feeling overwhelmed. However, leaning on each other is often a great way for two friends to both feel better and make the best financial choices for themselves.</p> <h2>2. Meditate</h2> <p>Mindfulness meditation has been proven to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/01/07/260470831/mindfulness-meditation-can-help-relieve-anxiety-and-depression">alleviate the symptoms</a> of both anxiety and depression. The focus of such meditation is to train your brain to remain in the moment, rather than obsess over the past or worry about the future. Such mindfulness will not only help you to put worries in perspective, but it can also help you to recognize the link between your emotions and your financially-destructive behavior.</p> <p>For instance, let's say that after a day of bingeing on news online, you badly want to put a lavish vacation on credit, just so you have something to look forward to. If you take 10 minutes to meditate instead, it can help you to see that your anxiety will not be helped by a vacation you can't afford. It will also allow you to feel your anxiety, rather than push it away, which is a much more productive method of getting past the negative feelings.</p> <p>If you have never meditated before, there are many <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/well/guides/how-to-meditate">beginner's guides</a> out there to teach you the practice of mindfulness.</p> <h2>3. Go for a Run</h2> <p>Exercise is the closest thing we have to a no-fail antidepressant. Research has shown that people are <a href="https://today.duke.edu/2000/09/exercise922.html">happier after breaking a sweat</a> than they were beforehand, even if they had to force themselves to go to the gym.</p> <p>In addition, an exercise habit can help you to avoid budget-destroying habits you might otherwise engage in, like retail therapy or a weekend-long Netflix marathon that keeps you from taking care of your grocery shopping and laundry.</p> <p>Of course, when you are in the midst of a deep funk, the idea of lacing up your sneakers and going out for a life-affirming run sounds about as enticing as getting a root canal. This is another place where your accountability partner can help you do what's best for you both. Set up a regular date to exercise together, and you will both get to enjoy the endorphins and the good company.</p> <h2>4. Volunteer</h2> <p>Depression, anxiety, and stress are often side effects of feeling helpless. When it feels as if you have little power over your circumstances, it's easy to retreat into bad and expensive habits to help yourself feel better.</p> <p>But there is always meaningful work that we can do to improve lives &mdash; even if we can't improve our own. That is why volunteering for a cause you believe in can be such an important tool in improving your outlook on the world. According to a 2008 study by the London School of Economics, people who volunteer <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18321629">experience greater happiness</a> than those who do not.</p> <p>The researchers theorize that volunteering makes you happier because it helps to put your situation in perspective. In addition, volunteering your time helps alleviate depression because it allows you to feel like you are a part of something important that is doing good in the world.</p> <h2>5. Engage in Productive Self-Care</h2> <p>Sometimes things feel so bleak that you really do need to retreat and take care of yourself. There is nothing wrong an occasional &quot;Stop the world, I want to get off!&quot; day for yourself. But there can be a fine line between healthy and productive self-care, and self-destructive wallowing. For instance, buying a bottle of nail polish might make you feel good, which could prompt you to keep buying to keep that good feeling going. Instead, you might be better served by inviting a friend over to paint your nails together.</p> <p>To make sure your self-care is helpful rather than harmful, start with your needs. Ask yourself what needs are not being met right now, and listen carefully to the answer that bubbles to the surface. Wallowing is often a passive reaction, whereas productive self-care is when you engage in fulfilling your unmet needs. Taking the time to think through what you need may help you realize that you don't actually want to go out drinking, but instead you need to talk with a good friend.</p> <h2>Don't Let Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Hurt Your Finances</h2> <p>When your thoughts get stuck in a hamster wheel of anxiety or depression, the easy method of handling your distress can often cause you financial stress. Being intentional and mindful about how you handle your negative mental states can help to alleviate your feelings of helplessness and keep your finances healthy.</p> <p>If you are experiencing severe depression and/or suicidal thoughts, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty Lifestyle anxiety bingeing budgeting depression exercise Help mental health overspending self care stress volunteering Tue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:09 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 1843967 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_sleeping-587523170.jpg" alt="Woman finding ways to get more sleep tonight" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Getting a good night's sleep on a consistent basis will protect your physical health as much it'll protect your mental health. The problem is that with our super busy lives, sleep is always the first thing to suffer. It's time to stop making sleep an afterthought. Because it's so easy to regulate your sleep schedule with the right tools and strategies. Here are 38 ways to get more sleep tonight.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman-sleeping-460137233-small.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-prettier-smarter-and-healthier-while-you-sleep?ref=fbf">6 Ways to Get Prettier, Smarter, and Healthier While You Sleep</a> &mdash; Wait, you mean you can improve your overall beauty, intelligence, and health while you sleep? Sold! These tricks will help you make it happen without breaking the bank.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-smart-ways-to-get-some-sleep-at-the-airport?ref=fbf">11 Smart Ways to Get Some Sleep at the Airport</a> &mdash; With the holidays coming up, many of us will have to resort to catching a few z's at the airport. It's not ideal, but also not impossible. Here's how to score a restful night of snoozing at the gate.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/man_tired_work_000075631055.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-ways-good-sleep-makes-you-wealthier?ref=fbf">3 Ways Good Sleep Makes You Wealthier</a> &mdash; In order to increase your overall wealth and achieve your financial goals, you need to be focused, patient, and driven. And it's very difficult to feel any of these things when you're running on a few hours of sleep and completely exhausted.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-boost-your-finances-while-you-sleep?ref=fbf">7 Ways to Boost Your Finances While You Sleep</a> &mdash; Didn't think you could make extra cash while fast asleep, eh? Wrong! Here are seven ways to make your money work for you, so you can hit the hay.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/sleep-177703194.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-better-sleep-with-these-5-great-sleep-tracking-apps?ref=fbf">Get Better Sleep With These 5 Great Sleep-Tracking Apps</a> &mdash; It's easier to focus on getting more sleep when you have apps that track your sleep patterns and tell you how you can improve. Knowledge is power, after all.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-foods-scientifically-proven-to-help-you-sleep?ref=fbf">6 Foods Scientifically Proven to Help You Sleep</a> &mdash; Eat more to get more sleep? Uh, yes please. Have any of these as a snack and you could sleep more soundly tonight.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty anxiety fbf flashback friday frugal living Health mental health more sleep relaxation rest self-care sleep stress Fri, 18 Nov 2016 11:00:14 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1835392 at http://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_meditating_grass_67536037.jpg" alt="Woman finding frugal ways to eliminate stress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's no secret a lot of us are feeling extra stressed right now. The most important thing we can do in times of extreme stress is to practice self-care, and do what we can to eliminate the sources of stress and anxiety in our lives. Here are 84 frugal ways to lighten the load.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_meditating_work_000078035075.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-ways-to-reduce-workplace-stress?ref=fbf">10 Frugal Ways to Reduce Workplace Stress</a> &mdash; Stress at work is probably the most common source of stress there is. And in those moments of stress at work, there are things you can do to take a step back and find that inner zen. Give these a try.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-cheap-ways-to-beat-stress?ref=fbf">13 Cheap Ways to Beat Stress</a> &mdash; The cure for stress isn't always an expensive massage or costly therapy sessions. There are frugal things you can do to combat the stress monster, and your wallet will appreciate that!</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/father_son_fishing_70352103.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/beat-stress-with-these-28-inexpensive-pastimes?ref=fbf">Beat Stress With These 28 Inexpensive Pastimes</a> &mdash; Some of the most enjoyable and effective stress busters are the activities we've done since childhood. Go for a bike ride, take a moment to write, take an online class, or do a puzzle. There are so many, and all will make you feel better.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-home-into-a-spa-with-these-5-frugal-stress-relievers?ref=fbf">Turn Your Home Into a Spa With These 5 Frugal Stress Relievers</a> &mdash; When you can't change your circumstances, you can change your environment. Give your home a soothing, spa-like feel and you'll instantly feel more relaxed.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_73912007_LARGE.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-turn-your-stress-into-money?ref=fbf">8 Ways to Turn Your Stress Into Money</a> &mdash; Another way to battle that stress is to turn it into cash. Because when you're more financially comfortable, your stress instantly decreases. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it can reverse your stress.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-free-or-really-cheap-ways-to-relieve-stress?ref=fbf">20 Free (or Really Cheap) Ways to Relieve Stress</a> &mdash; Meditation, taking your dog for a walk, and rearranging your furniture are just a few ways to eliminate the stress in your life. And when you can do it for free, or very little money, why not try?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-74-easy-ways-to-reduce-stress">Flashback Friday: 74 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty anxiety fbf flashback friday frugal living Health meditation mental health relaxation self-care stress zen Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:15 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1830896 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Reasons Alone Time Is Good For Your Soul http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_reading_book_000061374724.jpg" alt="Woman learning reasons alone time is good for her soul" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>My friends, family, and significant other? They are fabulous. We get along great, and I love being around them... most of the time. As a self-proclaimed introvert though, I have to admit that my alone time is just as precious to me. There are countless <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Fun-Things-Do-Yourself-35362035">fun things to do alone</a>, and while it's nice to have company, sometimes it's extremely refreshing to appreciate life from a perspective that's entirely your own.</p> <p>I recently went on a weekend getaway in Southern California with just myself, a beautiful new <a href="http://www.ford.com/cars/mustang/" target="_blank">2015 Ford Mustang</a>, and miles of open desert road. Whether it was the fresh air and warm sun or the endless hours of freedom I had at my fingertips, I came out the other end of my adventure feeling like a new person. If you're able to, take some time to yourself &mdash; whether it's just an for hour or for an entire trip &mdash; and see what it can do for you. Here are more reasons why alone time is good for your soul.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></p> <h2>1. Being Alone Gives You Time to Think</h2> <p>Life can be crazy sometimes &mdash; crazy good, crazy bad, or just crazy busy &mdash; and it's easy to get caught up in your hectic week or month and forget to allow yourself time to process things. Being alone gives us the time we all need to reflect on important events and to organize our feelings about the things that have happened. Without this, we can get overwhelmed with all we are trying to juggle mentally, and this can cause extra anxiety and stress.</p> <h2>2. You Can Get Creative</h2> <p>There's nothing like putting on headphones, listening to your favorite songs, and getting down to work. It doesn't matter if you're a writer, an artist, a musician, or a software engineer; we all have creative outlets and we all need to nurture them as much as we can. Being by yourself gives you the motivation and the opportunity to open your mind and explore new ideas, then put those ideas to good use.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></p> <h2>3. You Can Recharge</h2> <p>Being around people is both exhilarating and exhausting. It means having to constantly be alert and aware of what's going on around you and in conversations that require your full attention. Socializing at work and with friends is definitely a positive thing, but it can also be draining. When you're alone, you can use that quiet time to recharge and regroup. It's essential to do this so that when you're around people again, you feel refreshed, more energetic, and ready to interact.</p> <h2>4. You Get to Know Yourself Better</h2> <p>Spending time alone means taking your thoughts and feelings into account above anyone else's, and when you do this, you get to explore your personality in depth. The more time you get to know yourself, the more you'll find out just how awesome you are.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a></p> <h2>5. You Become More Independent</h2> <p>When you're alone, you don't have the option of depending on other people for their opinions, advice, or help. You call all the shots, and even though that can be scary sometimes, it also means you become more reliant on yourself &mdash; and this is a great thing. Being independent means being self-assured, so that you can bring that confidence to the table when you're with people, too.</p> <h2>6. You See and Hear Things You Wouldn't Otherwise</h2> <p>We often make idle conversation with people just to fill the silence, but when we're quiet, we can hear and see things we don't notice otherwise. We are able to appreciate the small things in life because we don't miss them when they happen, and being alone can help you pay more attention to those important moments.</p> <h2>7. You Get to Do Whatever You Want to Do</h2> <p>You don't have to make compromises with anyone on where to eat, what movie to watch, or what sights to see on a trip. You can spend all the time you'd like to doing exactly what you want to do, and while having company is sometimes welcome, going on your own private adventures can be just as exciting and fulfilling.</p> <p>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Learn-Your-First-Job-38155545">13 of the Greatest Lessons We Learned at Our First Jobs</a></p> <h2>8. You're More Productive</h2> <p>It's easier to get more things accomplished when you're free from distractions &mdash; including people &mdash; and taking some time to yourself to put all your efforts into getting things checked off your to-do list can be extremely rewarding.</p> <h2>9. You Appreciate the People in Your Life</h2> <p>Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Taking some time away from the people in your life can help you realize how important and valuable they are to you. This break can renew your excitement for spending time with the people who you care about the most, and you will return from spending time alone happier and more enthusiastic about seeing them.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Need an excuse for more alone time? Here are nine reasons it&#039;s good for you. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com" style="border:none;"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" style="height:95px; width:300px" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Career-Tips-Introverts-38279445">7 Totally Practical Career Tips For Office Introverts</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Working-From-Home-Tips-37778375">11 of the Best Work-From-Home Hacks Ever</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Best-Career-Advice-38400406">Real People Share the Greatest Career Advice They've Ever Received</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Things-You-Learn-Your-First-Job-38155545">13 of the Greatest Lessons We Learned at Our First Jobs</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-reasons-alone-time-is-good-for-your-soul">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-ways-you-are-causing-road-rage">16 Ways You Are Causing Road Rage</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/learn-to-love-winter-with-some-simple-self-deception">Mental Tricks That Will Help You Hate Winter Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/invest-your-time-in-these-13-things-while-youre-in-your-20s">Invest Your Time in These 13 Things While You&#039;re in Your 20s</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tips-to-avoid-watching-a-crappy-movie">7 tips to avoid watching a crappy movie.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/will-that-thing-really-change-your-life">Will That Thing Really Change Your Life?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Lifestyle Personal Development alone time emotional health introvert me time mental health privacy solo tips Fri, 06 Nov 2015 09:15:11 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1577435 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Terrible Things Science Says You Do to Your Mind Everyday http://www.wisebread.com/5-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-mind-everyday <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-mind-everyday" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_napping_desk_000038514712.jpg" alt="Woman doing terrible things science says she does to her mind" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Are you tired of your brain working at its optimal level every day? Are you <em>too</em> emotionally balanced? Are you sick to death of your good memory? If you are one of those people who suffer from having<em> too much</em> personal bandwidth, good news: You can stop having full cognitive function today! Here are five <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-kids">scientifically proven</a> ways to destroy brain function that anyone can do.</p> <h2>1. Sleep Deprivation</h2> <p>Why are you sleeping eight hours when you can sleep fewer? Road rage and erratic driving due to sleep deprivation will make your morning commute much more interesting.</p> <p>Also, work is so boring, so you might as well sleep through part of your day at the office or in the cockpit. Hard decisions build character, so why not make even the easiest choices into Sophie's Choices just by waking up way earlier than you should? If you are paying for college, then it should be your choice whether or not to learn anything new or remember anything old. Why bother with memorizing anything when smartphones exist?</p> <p>Less sleep means more time for&hellip;other things that damage long and short-term memory. The Center for Disease Control calls insufficient sleep a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/">public health epidemic</a>, reporting that 30% of American adults sleep fewer than six hours every day.</p> <h2>2. Multitasking</h2> <p>Do you know what scientists call people who don't multitask? Productive thinkers. I mean who among us doesn't love bragging about our multitasking abilities! Why? Because it gives us street cred with all the OG masters of time slippage. Obviously.</p> <p>Pretty much every scientific study shows that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.umich.edu/~bcalab/documents/MeyerKieras1997a.pdf">multitasking reduces efficiency</a> and performance because the human brain lacks the processing power to do more than one thing at a time. When you multitask, you actually do each task more slowly than if you'd done them one at a time. But why would anyone want to do one thing really well, when you could do four things poorly all at once? More is more after all.</p> <p>About 98% of the population, regardless of their (inefficient and low-performance) magical thinking, is physically incapable of multitasking. Which means that the 2% of the population who can actually multitask exist mainly to make all others believe that they are part of this outlier super-tasker group.</p> <p>Heavy multitaskers, with all their practice at doing too many things at once, are actually the&nbsp;<a href="http://news.stanford.edu/news/2009/august24/multitask-research-study-082409.html">worst at organized thinking</a>.</p> <p>In addition to slowing down workflow, multitasking <a href="http://www.bakadesuyo.com/2012/08/how-do-frequent-emails-and-texts-affect-produ/">lowers IQ</a> by as much as 15 points for men, the equivalent of dropping cognitive capacity from that of a Harvard MBA to an eight-year-old child. So the next time you get behind at work, you should just get your third grader to help you pick up the slack. Your boss will probably never notice. Interestingly, that old gendered argument that women are better multitaskers than men is validated by this study. Multitasking only makes women dumber by five IQ points, which is equivalent to going to work stoned. Luckily, your cognitive loss from multitasking will not show up on a urine test, however scientists have created a test that you can take that measures&nbsp;<a href="http://psych.newcastle.edu.au/~ae273/Gatekeeper_XOR/">multitasking-induced stupidity</a>.</p> <h2>3. Stress</h2> <p>Why settle for temporary cognitive dysfunction when you can shrink key parts of your brain permanently? Several studies have now linked stress with an increased <a href="http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0165017304001730">risk of Alzheimer's disease</a> and accelerated memory loss with aging. This is great news for poor people who live with constant, crushing stress. Why worry about planning for the future if you know you'll lose your mind before you get there?</p> <h2>4. Rumination</h2> <p>As someone who enjoys Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, I can tell you from personal experience that rumination is a fast and easy method of making yourself miserable. For newbies to repetitive negative thinking, rumination is the practice of dwelling on negative experiences or thoughts. For example, a negative thought might be &quot;why am I so depressed about my boyfriend multitasking with that girl at the muffin shop?&quot;</p> <p>In a study of San Franciscans who had lived through the 1989 earthquake, Yale University psychologist Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, PhD found that self-described ruminators had more <a href="http://www.apa.org/monitor/nov05/cycle.aspx">symptoms of depression</a> and post-traumatic stress disorder from the experience, than non-ruminators. Practice makes perfect! The more you ruminate, the easier it is to perpetuate low confidence and uncertainty.</p> <h2>5. Constant Entertainment</h2> <p>Do you remember what it was like before you could fill every spare moment with information? For example, do you remember what it was like to stand in a line at the post office without the ability to play Words With Friends, or how boring the gym was before they installed televisions on the treadmills? Life was super dull. But do you remember ever feeling as awesomely overwhelmed by data as you do now?</p> <p>Marc G. Berman, a neuroscientist at the University of Michigan, discovered that people learned significantly better after a walk in nature versus a walk in an urban environment. His team posits that although visual noise is stimulating, our now constant access to entertainment is actually causing <a href="http://pss.sagepub.com/content/19/12/1207.abstract">brain fatigue</a>. A study by scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found that when the brain is constantly stimulated, <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19525943">the learning process is prevented</a>. Just like computers take time to download information, the brain actually needs downtime to process information and store it as a memory.</p> <p>Oh pshaw! I've lost entire verb tenses in Italian in my quest for a better car commute. Who needs the subjunctive mood when one can binge listen to the entire podcast of <em>Serial</em>?</p> <p><em>Have you taken steps to stop your own cognitive deficit? If so, please share your methods of avoiding brain damage with your fellow Wise Bread readers in the comments section!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/max-wong">Max Wong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-terrible-things-science-says-you-do-to-your-mind-everyday">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-actually-relax-over-the-holidays">8 Ways to Actually Relax Over the Holidays</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/stuck-at-the-airport-relax-with-these-14-easy-self-care-tricks">Stuck at the Airport? Relax With These 14 Easy Self-Care Tricks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty brain depression distractions mental health multitasking sleep deprivation stress Tue, 04 Aug 2015 11:00:15 +0000 Max Wong 1507396 at http://www.wisebread.com