In the last 12-16 months, there has been no shortage of things that can cause your mental health to deteriorate. Unfortunately, many of these things have been almost entirely out of your control, and you would have been forced to be reactive instead of proactive when finding a way to deal with them.
There are other factors, however, which are more within your control. While very few of us are in the very fortunate position of being able to control how much we earn, many more of us can define what we spend those earnings on. Although much of what you earn will no doubt go on essentials like rent, or a mortgage, and utilities, there are other essential areas where effective budgeting can contribute towards a more stress-free life.
You may have heard about the economies of scale and thought they only applied to big businesses with huge cash reserves to wield to get better deals. While this is true, you can use the same tactic when it comes to your weekly or bi-weekly shop.
Bulk buying ingredients to cook large batches of stock meals may seem like a lot of hassle, but if you concentrate on meals that go with pasta or rice and use many of the same crossover ingredients like mushrooms, onions, and peppers, you can see how it might be a better for both your lifestyle than buying ready meals or takeout food each evening.
While this might seem a bit ‘samey’ at first, cooking extra portions and freezing them will bear fruit over time, and you may be surprised by the amount of money you have saved come to the end of the month.
Getting to work each day can also be considered essential. The chances are you are not one of the fortunate ones who just have a five-minute walk to your workplace and instead have to go out of town via public transport or take a cab. If your workplace has adequate parking, then you might find the best solution is to buy a car.
While this might seem counter-intuitive, there are many reasons why this is a better solution for your finances and your mental health. First of all, the cost of a car does not have to be prohibitive, and there are plenty of deals to be had from reputable dealers if you look around. A simple Google search would be a good starting place, with what you’re looking for, and the region you live in – for instance ‘used cars Wales’.
Next, you have the chance to offset the cost by running your own carshare and asking for your colleagues to contribute towards gas and other expenses. Once you add into the equation the level of control you now have over your ability to get to work, and not worry about late busses or trains being late or not turning up, you can see the all-around benefits. Of course, nothing is important than one’s mental health, thus, ensure professional help with Nashville mental health.
To wrap things up, however, you need to be aware that this is about improving your situation, not conjuring an ideal one, and provide a foundation around which you can create a more bespoke plan that will better fit your exact needs.