We do not expensive plastic surgery to look and feel great. There are many inexpensive ways that can help you continue your path to F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early) Strive for your goals and enjoy life in the moment! Here are 7 low cost ways to take care of your self in order to feel and look great. These actions can help a person feel better and look better, no $10,000 dollar plastic surgery required! Just some easy to adopt healthy habits that create “True Wealth” every single day:
1. Sleep for ideas, energy and health
Proper rest is vital for full human performance in all aspects of life and it is free after you purchase the bed. Studies are also revealing the importance of sleep to “cleaning” the brain and body of toxins that build up throughout the day. As I said, sleep is free and the brain has time to work out and solve issues and problems you may encounter in life. Many high achievers and business/creative types used strategic naps to improve their productivity and functioning. Strive for at least 8 hours of sleep a night and perhaps experiment with some power naps to improve performance. I receive some of my best ideas by way of proper sleep and rest.
I believe regular and healthy sleep habits are linked to wealth in terms of quality of life and actual dollars in the bank. As we have discussed before, becoming a millionaire is based on the habits we develop and automate, make sleep one of them.
Right when we wake up we should be drinking a large glass of water. Then we should hydrate throughout the day. This results in healthier skin and functioning throughout the body. People who are properly hydrated report higher energy and vitality levels.
What an amazing low cost remedy that we forget about: water. And it reminds me that access to clean drinking water is not available to about a billion people on planet earth. So next time you need a reminder of how wealthy you actually are, have a nice tall glass of water and count your blessings.
Meditation is free and healthy. We have written about it before in order to demystify and make it accessible. It does not need to be considered religious or spiritual, I see it as a way to let the brain reset and rest for a few minutes to improve thinking and outlook. If the brain is like a machine and we are running it hot all the time, it never has time to cool down and recharge.
4. Lean Protein
I once read about this lady in Italy that was over a hundred years old and swore one of her secrets to a long life was eating 2 omelets a day made from healthy eggs. Eggs, lean meats, beans, etc. have protein that makes our hair and nails look good. For me not so much because I am bald, but for those of you blessed with hair, this is an easy way to look and feel better. Lean protein from Salmon is also accompanied by the healthy fats that protect your heart. I realize salmon and other quality meats can be a cost, but the investment far outweighs dealing with health problems and costs later in life! When my grocery bill gets a bit high from buying blueberries and salmon, I think about the future cost of being sick!
5. Add some Superfoods
These are foods packed with nutrients that help your body function properly and fight off disease. They tend to be higher in fiber and low in bad fats or high in good fats. Some examples include: Chocolate, blueberries, avocados, broccoli, almonds, eggs, plums, walnuts, Brussels sprouts, Açaí, apples, steel cut oats, salmon, spinach, cauliflower, olives, strawberries, black beans, sardines, asparagus, bananas, etc.
Yoga is not some crazy thing that people on the fringe do to feel and look better. We should all be doing breathing and stretching, especially as we get older. And the wonderful thing about yoga is that it is practically free. There are dozens of free yoga videos at the library and a yoga mat is a small investment from Target or Amazon.
The human machine evolved to move and alternate between action and rest. We were not meant to sit in cubicles staring at a screen all day! Motivate yourself to take action. Walk, skip, run, bike, etc. Experts suggest we try and get our heart rates up a bit each and every day. But see your healthcare professional first.
There are many small life work hacks that can help this effort. Park farther away, walk your dog, take the stairs, play with your kids in the backyard, walk to the printer, have a standing desk, do floor exercises while you watch TV, pick up a used stationary bike from a garage sale or thrift store, etc.
Make this summer one of positive change for you and your family. No need to be overwhelmed, one small change at a time leads to more. And don’t be hard on yourself when you trip up, no one is perfect and this is a gift to being your best self. You can see we care a lot about health at The Money Vikings!
If you had millions of dollars but are unable to move and function properly, I’m not so sure you would feel “wealthy”!