Frugal Friday: Stress and Money

Photo via Death to the Stock Photos

Photo via Death to the Stock Photos

This week has been more stressful than normal which means a lot considering I usually run around in a constant state of insanity. I’m planning a conference at work, I’ve been seeing a nutritionist, so I’ve got some new food and workout routines and I’m of course, (attempting) to keep up with this blog. Although it’s stressful, I’m remembering my old buddy, Yoda‘s words “Do do not there is no try.” You all remember that time when I was a Jedi, right? Ha-ha.

In the past when things got stressful, I’d spend, spend, spend. I’d buy too many lunches and lattes. I’d “reward” myself too much. And I’d ultimately overdraft my bank account. But with my spending diet, the new year and living small, I finally feel that I’m beginning to turn over a new leaf. I’m not stress spending anymore. It’s taken me well over a year to learn how to not stress spend. It hasn’t been an easy process. Spending money is oh-so-easy. A few clicks on the computer when I felt like I “deserved” something or a quick little jaunt to Targé and suddenly I felt better. But what didn’t feel better was logging into my bank account at the end of each month.

And lately I’ve been finding better ways to cope with my stress. I’ve been doing light yoga, writing down my to-dos at the beginning of each day and trying to take weekends off work.

I’d love to hear about how you decompress and destress without spending money. Talk to me in the comments!


10 thoughts on “Frugal Friday: Stress and Money

  1. Robin

    Yes, do!! I am trying to figure out a place in my small-ish house for me for yoga without interruptions! Love your blog by the way 🙂

    1. melanie Post author

      Thank you! I didn’t say I do yoga without interruptions though. My dog seems to NEED attention when I’m practicing, but I still manage to squeeze it in!

  2. Raissomat

    I think I need those tipps too..just this morning at 06.00 I googled “what to do about anxiety”! I keep waking up worrying, my boyfriend even tells me I cry in my sleep, I don’t recall doing so! It happens mostly before my period though. The fear of what may come! I hate being so anxious, I love my life, I don’t want to be so ridden by fear!!!

    1. melanie Post author

      aww! that sounds awful. i’m a worrier, but if it’s that bad, you might want to consider seeing a professional. i’ve seen professionals in the past when my feelings have been a bit out of control and it was very helpful.

      1. Raissomat

        I did before, turned out “I’m not the depression type”. I got tested and it turned out I had almost no iron (makes you constantly tired and unmotivated) and very low serotonin (also linked to anxiety& depression like feelings). I was prescribed all natural supplements.
        It’s just the hormones that mess with my head. We’ll fix those too, it takes time.
        Have a Good start of the week, and keep away from the shops 🙂

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