Simply put, frugality is the ability to cut down on your expenses by eliminating any unnecessary items that are on your to-buy list. Spending less helps us to not only live on an ever increasing cushion of financial stability, but it also helps us to become happier and more at ease as we let go of the materialistic desires that are often the reason behind our unhappiness. Frugality is one of the best lifestyle choices a person can opt for, but most of us fail to stay within the parameters of not spending more than we decided to. Despite getting plenty of advice on ways in which we could cut down on our expenses or inspiring examples of how rich people follow a frugal life, we often ignore our frugal desires. But why does this happen? Why are we so weak to succumb to our desires almost instantaneously? Why does this keep happening despite our best of intentions?
The answer to all of these most prized questions lies inside our own bodies. Most of the time, our frugality benchmarks are broken by an impulsiveness that we feel from within to buy stuff that we don’t really need or could easily go without. Our rational mind is overpowered by the side that is meek and doesn’t think critically about the consequences of our decisions and our health at the point in time is the biggest culprit.
Just look around, the perfect top you bought so that you could look beautiful or the leftovers from last night’s pizza that you ordered just so that it could give you that extra zing while watching that favorite movie of yours, means a lot of the things you buy stem from the repercussions of the unhealthy lifestyle you follow.
Unhealthiness is the supreme enemy of frugality and it’s about time you change it to not just to save more money, but to avoid making unhealthy decisions in life both physically and mentally.
Here are three great ways to stay healthy and service leaner budgets.
Maintain a healthy work-life balance
We spend a big chunk of our day at work. Our lives are mostly centered on it, but most of us don’t commit to our work in an effective manner which leads to backlogs and delays, making the work spill over into our own personal lives and affect us in an adverse manner.
The millennial generation needs a better work-life balance and free time to thrive, but managing our work within the given time frame is not something we are all naturally good at, neither are we adept at keeping ourselves fit within our tight daily schedule. A bad work life balance leads to problems like depression, anxiety, and stress and these mental health issues may lead to needing mental health treatments. It would be nice to indulge in more entertainment and leisure activities like traveling to other countries and eating out more frequently to ease the mental pressures we face. A healthy work-life balance can help.
So what can you do to maintain a healthy work-life balance? Plan out your day with high attention to detail and stick to it, so you can finish your work on time. Work around procrastination by being proactive and make it a priority to complete the task on the given day to ward off the possibility of backlogs.
Be mindful by practicing meditation
Despite so many luxuries offered by our modern day civilization, mental peace is, and remains a rare and elusive commodity. Problems ranging from mental anxiety and stress can lead to poor spending habits. There is a correlation with the difference in the way our mind functions and the way it is supposed to function.
Agitation and worrying leads us to seek ways to vent about our problems, often through ways of spending as that is what makes us feel good and gives off that temporary mental high, but this high doesn’t linger for long and dies down very soon, leading us to seek more and hence spend more.
Mindfulness is the art of being in the moment at all times, whether at work, at home or when taking your dog for a walk. It’s a power beyond imagination as it helps you not just enjoy but live out even the minutest details in life and find happiness in them.
Meditation is an ancient practice that has become even more relevant in our lives today as it helps calm us down and make us “aware” and alive in the moment. Our performance at work or the quality of our relationships is often hurt due to a multitude of distractions that we face. Our habits when it comes to spending and frugality make us more volatile and lead to poor spending decisions.
So what should you do? Practice mindfulness on a consistent basis to retain the best mental state and be much more “with” the place and time you are currently occupying.
Frugality is not just the way you spend your money or how much you save every month, it’s a comprehensive lifestyle choice that you are opting for that will make your life better in the long run. A healthy body and mind are the prerequisites that will help you make better spending decisions and lead to a more frugal lifestyle, a lifestyle different from others, as having less is seen as a virtue, not a vice.
What are some ways you practice frugality? How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance? What are some techniques you use to de-stress, to avoid worrying about finances? Share your thoughts with our readers below.