Economizing Your Wellness Routine

Economizing Your Wellness Routine

Economizing Your Wellness Routine (GHWC)

By Luna Moon

 

 

I often hear people say they would take better care of themselves if they had more time and/or money. Considering the state of the economy and other added stressors, achieving greater wellness could appear less accessible than ever. However, it’s my personal experience that it takes more time and money to be unhealthy than it does to be healthy.

 

Economizing wellness can be achieved by incorporating resourceful ways to improve your health without spending money. The key is to make sure to take full advantage of the “freebies”.  I am referring to the things you can do for yourself free of charge. In the long run, not doing these is costly.

 

This includes healthy behaviors such as chewing food well, stretching and moving your body and cultivating optimal breathing patterns. Chewing well helps your body digest and assimilate the nutrition in your food and minimize the wear and tear (literally) on your digestive tract.

 

Eliminating the expense of things that harm your body is also a quick start to economizing your wellness lifestyle. Simply put, stop spending money on things that are bad for you. Not everyone is ready to give up things they buy that they know are not good for them. Consider a healthier version of what you are not ready to give up and/or start slowly cutting down on the quantity you take in. As you start feeling better by eliminating toxic purchases, you’ll save money and your health while inspiring yourself to continue making improvements.

 

Breathing is a great example of an under-utilized freebie. With a little fine-tuning you can improve your vitality by delivering more oxygen to your cells and expelling more carbon dioxide. Letting inhales and exhales flow directly into each other as espoused by the Himalayan Institute eliminates inefficient pauses and is free and simple.

 

Disempowering thoughts and negativity can have costly outcomes. Affirmations are free and a great way to rewire your brain into positive, productive thinking. The benefits of affirmations can be amplified by saying them looking directly into your own eyes in a mirror.

 

Approach grocery shopping as buying nutrition vs “food-like substances” (author Michael Pollan’s reference to things made in laboratories, loaded with toxins but little to no nutrients). When buying fresh whole foods, you pay for nutrition not packaging and processing. Get your food from the earth to your mouth as quickly as possible with it touching as few hands and machines as possible. You’ll get more nutrition while being less costly to our environment.

 

Grow your own produce or utilize local Farmers’ Markets. Seasonal produce tends to meet our bodies’ current needs better than those grown in another climate in a different season. If you think in terms of paying for nutrition then it can be more cost effective than cheaper produce that’s traveled thousands of miles. Local produce is less likely to have added toxins like fungistats and fumigation to keep things appearing fresh for artificially long times.

 

A little bit of planning can go a long way in saving money and eating better. Avoid stops for fast foods by keeping water, nuts, a piece of fruit and/or dried fruit in your vehicle, at your desk or in your backpack, purse or briefcase.

 

Stay hydrated. Long-term effects of chronic dehydration are expensive. Curb your spending on beverages that actually dehydrate you (diuretics such as coffee, tea, and soda). Many fruits and vegetables provide bio-available hydration. Carrying purified water in a reusable bottle cuts down on cost, waste and toxins from plastic bottles.

 

Get rid of expensive cable. This will free up monthly cash and time for more productive things like exercise, meditation, time in nature, communing with others and educating yourself about wellness. Learn practices like Chi Gong, yoga postures and other exercise from free online resources or a local library.

 

Walk or ride your bike whenever possible instead of using gas or paying for bus or taxi services. Literally propel yourself from oil consumer and polluter to prudent exerciser.

 

It’s your life and your money; may you spend them well!