They say the best things in life are free, but they also can be the simplest changes, too. Ahead, five easy ways to de-stress from the daily grind.
CREATE AN HERB GARDEN
Living in the city doesn't lend itself to having a lot of greenery around, so I purchased some cat grass and basil plants and replanted them in cute vintage tea tins that I found on Etsy. It's a functional and aesthetically pleasing addition to my kitchen that didn't require a lot of effort.
HEAD TO THE FARMER’S MARKET
There's something to be said for purchasing farm fresh goods. Take a morning to wander around the stalls and pick up off-the-vine produce, flowers, and other homemade goods. Don't forget your tote!
When it comes to saving money, being flexible and finding alternatives is key. For example, I love Thai food. I used to go out all the time, but it started to chip away at my budget. So, I decided to make Thai at home to save money. It ended up becoming one of my favorite things to do. Plus, I had leftovers for days! I also can’t afford a gym membership, so I found YouTube channels, like Ballet Beautiful or Jillian Michaels, that have workouts I can do at home.
PURGE THE CLUTTER
Moving made me realize I had a lot of things I never used or wore. So, I went through it all and kept only the things I was using on a regular basis. Having a minimalistic closet has been great because now I can create an outfit with every item in my closet.
ONLY GET WHAT YOU NEED
Whenever I head to the grocery store, I usually find myself picking up items I don’t need, which racks up my grocery bill. So, stick to a list and make a game out of grocery shopping. I like to set a goal of how much I want to spend and then try to “win” the game by spending less than my goal.
MAKE TIME FOR THE THINGS YOU LOVE
To me, living simply is focusing on the things you love and removing the unnecessary and negative items from your life. I started making time to workout, spend time with my cats and friends, and dedicate time to Chicago By Meredith. Removing things I didn’t like in my life, such as negative people, or changing my perspective from a negative one to a positive one has had a huge impact on my life.
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