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WELLNESS

BUDGET

ON A

Practicing
self-care can be
expensive, but
these tips prove
there's a wealth
of affordable
options for
every budget
WORDS LIBBY WILLIAMS

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he cost of city life is rising and with it, the price of wellness. The thought of how
much money we need to achieve a state of wellbeing can be gut-wrenching. At
Balance, we're fully aware of the daily struggle to practice self-care without
spending an arm and a leg in the process. So, allow us to share some tips on
how to integrate wellness into your daily life without breaking the bank.

WORKING TOWARDS WELLNESS

It's all too easy to stay in the office all day, eating at your desk and hardly moving from your
chair, but there are plenty of ways to practice wellness at work. A recent study by Totaljobs
discovered a third of UK workers don't leave the office at all during the work day, while more
than 50 per cent didn't take their full lunch break, despite being encouraged to do so.
We all know taking a break from work actually increases productivity, so when lunchtime
rolls around, make the effort to leave the office. Take a walk, look up at the skyscrapers,
buildings and trees around you. The change in perspective will slow the overactive mind and
encourage gratitude and mindfulness. Having a decent meal will also help boost energy. A
homemade packed lunch is an easy way to save money and ensure you're punctuating your
day with nutritious fuel for mind and body.
TRY Finding wide open green spaces near you in which to relax and clear your head, before
returning to your desk. Visit gov.uk/find-your-local-park.
* Looking for free packed lunch inspiration? Dr Hazel Wallace (aka @thefoodmedic on
Instagram) serves up a daily dose of #FoodPorn, which will pep up even the dreariest of
lunch breaks.
* Motivating your daily walks by downloading the FitBit App. Even if you don't own one of
their wearables, it will track you with GPS and log steps, speed, elevation and more.

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MOMENTS OF MINDFULNESS

If you struggle with awareness and keeping a
healthy perspective, mindful meditation can
help you find clarity. Meditation can seem
daunting if you're a first-timer, but studios
such as Re:Mind and TriYoga offer classes for
beginners that provide guidance to help with
both technique and understanding.
Re:Mind's drop in classes make it that
much easier to refocus and reconnect while at
TriYoga, each class combines meditation and
mindfulness to provide an opportunity to pause
and reflect on your day.
Once you've got a handle on it, meditation
can be a quick and easy way to clear and
refocus the mind. Free apps such as Headspace
and Calm are a great backup that you can use
wherever you are to find some zen.
TRY Taking a peek at mindful.org for free
tutorials and guided meditations.
* Providing over 19,000 free guided meditations,
the Insight Timer app offers a wallet-friendly
way into the mindful practice.


http://www.gov.uk/find-your-local-park http://www.mindful.org

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