12 Cheap Ways to Feel Healthier and Happier
1. Peppermint tea – There are so many benefits to slipping a mug of this into your daily routine. Peppermint tea helps to relieve stomach problems, gives digestion a helping hand, helps stop nausea, fevers and coughs - not to mention a healthy boost to your immune system. And the good news is these tea bags are super cheap, you can pick them up in your local supermarket for less than £1.
2. A Light Fake Tan – This is a really great way to look and feel just that little bit healthier (for the record, I’m not talking about turning yourself orange). If any one of you are as pasty as me, you’ll know that having pale skin can sometimes make you look a little ill if you decide to go makeup free for a day. A light fake tan will not only give your skin a subtle glow, but can also mask blemishes, so you wont need to wear as much make up. Plus, it’s 647347249% better for you than baking under a hot, midday sun. I use St. Moritz Fast Self Tanning Mousse £5.99 from Boots.
3. Go social media free – In this day and age, there is no denying that social media has become an important part of our lives. It lets us easily stay in touch with loved ones, helps us run our businesses and keeps us up to date with what's going on in the world. Although useful, social media has just as many downsides, as I'm sure you'll know. So when you’ve seen one too many annoying Facebook statuses in a day, or you find yourself scrolling back 340 weeks on some hot model’s Instagram, put the goddam phone in a drawer for an hour or two and do something that will make you feel good instead of sad and annoyed. Repeat regularly.
4. Supplements - I am a big fan of supplements, but rather than go for the all-in-one vitamins, I decided to be a little bit more specific about what I was going to take. At the moment, I have 2 x Evening Oil of Primrose capsules a day which helps to ease the symptoms of that pesky time of the month, Vitamin B Complex to help give me energy and Cod Liver Oil to help with just about everything, because it’s insanely good for you.
5. Lemon in warm water – Like peppermint tea, drinking hot water with slices of lemon has a multitude of benefits. It’s a great source of vitamin C, flushes out toxins, helps you beat the crap out of a common cold and is even great for your skin; helping to prevent wrinkles and acne. Magic! And the cost? However much a lemon and a kettle are going for these days.
6. Go Makeup Free – I know this might be a little daunting for some, but I’ve found there’s something really liberating about ditching makeup for a day or two. Not only does this save a few pennies, but it gives your skin a holiday from all those products. Plus, it feels great to flaunt that natural beauty of ours!
7. Keep a Diary – If I’m ever upset, angry or there’s something worrying me, I find writing it down can help whatever it is seem less scary or infuriating. It also means that I can have a massive rant without stressing my mates out – plus, it’s really therapeutic. Aaaaand breathe!
8. Temporary hair dye – When I was growing up, I was always changing my hair colour and style, it was just the way I expressed myself. Now I’m older, I can’t really get away with bleaching and chopping and dying like I used to, so I’ve reached for the temporary hair dye every time I've felt the urge to shake things up. Davine’s or BLEACH are my current faves.
9. Coconut Oil – Not only can you swap it in place of your regular cooking oil, but this stuff can replace some of your beauty products too. Good for you inside and out, coconut oil moisturises skin and chapped lips, removes makeup, doubles as a hair mask, fights frizz and moonlights as a shaving cream. You can pick it up at Boots for just £4.39.
10. Go For A Walk – I cannot be the only one who finds exercising regularly really challenging, right? RIGHT? I promise to get better at it, but in the meantime, the best way to clear the cobwebs and gain some perspective is going for a walk. Whether it’s in the morning before work, on your lunch break or on the weekends, a little light exercise will do your mind and body the world of good.
11. Avocados – Super, super good for you. They are packed with nutrients, happy fats and acids that are great for your heart, with antioxidants that help protect your eyesight and rumour has it they can even help prevent cancer and aid the symptoms of Arthritis. Not bad for a little fruit, eh? I’m trying to eat half an Avocado a day, which isn’t hard seeing as they are really easy to incorporate into any diet.
12. Keep Bottled Water In Your Bag – Water, water, water. You know the drill. Drink 2 litres of it a day - that’s what the experts recommend - but it can be hard to remember. Keep a bottle of it in your bag for when you’re on the go. You’ll be far less tempted to reach for a fizzy drink from the corner shop if there’s a bottle of cold water with you all the time.
Do you have any cheap tricks to staying healthy and happy? Let me know in the comments, or tweet me @modestlondon