Monthly Archives: July 2015

Inexpensive Ways to Stay in Shape

Do we need expensive gym equipment or a gym membership to stay physically fit? No, there are many ways to stay in shape without spending a lot of money. Staying fit will also reduce medical bills and increase your energy.

Drink water

Water is cheap from the tap and it does the most to keep us healthy. Water cleanses our system and keeps our blood flowing. Drinking enough water prevents headaches and so many other health problems. Generally, you need to drink eight glasses of water a day or half the ounces of your bodyweight in pounds.

Inexpensive Mental Health Resources

Being a mom is overwhelming at times. We struggle to cope with all the emotional strain, maybe even a mental illness. We can create good habits to improve our mood and seek help without breaking the bank. In fact, there are many free and inexpensive resources. The first step is to educate yourself.

 

Take Care of Yourself

 

I need about nine hours of sleep a night to function. Other moms can function on seven hours. Seven to nine hours is the recommended amount of sleep for adults. Follow sleep hygiene to achieve a better night’s rest. That may include skipping naps, unless you are pregnant or have infants.

 

Find Affordable Babysitters and Daycare

We all love to spend our time with our children, but many of us work or need some time away. For this, we need daycare or a babysitter at an affordable price. How can we find affordable caretakers? You may need to be creative for some of your daycare needs.

Find a Support Group

Several years ago, I read Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich. (I don’t recommend this book.) The author moved to each place to find a job and a place to live on minimum wages. She went to every place without a community of support and, thus, “failed” to get by. From the many times I moved, I always found a support group with a local congregation of my church. I had friends and support within a few weeks of moving to a new place. What a blessing—but one I had to look for.