With the dawn of a new year people often times set goals for themselves, better known as the elusive "new years resolution." Whether it be to read more, lose weight, or save money, people go into the year determined. But ultimately a couple weeks later get caught up in everyday life: tired and stressed out with a weakening immune system.
But not to worry! These budget-friendly alternatives can be kind to your wallet and your mental well-being, helping you pick back up and slow back down.
1) Fighting Fatigue and Puffy Eyes
Hitting the proverbial mid-day wall is sometimes inevitable, but instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, tea could be a better alternative. Green tea specifically is considered a healthier alternative to coffee. Although it has about half the caffeine (20-45mg), it has just enough to give you a boost and get you through the day.
It is also considered one of the least refined teas and therefore holds the most antioxidants. When unsweetened the drink has zero calories allowing you to have your tea and drink it too.
But the best part is that after you're done with your tea bags you can let them cool and then place them under your eyes for a few minutes. The caffeine absorbs into your skin, decreasing puffy bags and allowing you to feel refreshed.
Depending on the brand, most teas are a fraction of the cost of coffee (especially when you add in the cost of creamer, sugar, or that extra shot of expresso at the coffee shop).
2) Putting A Restless Mind to Bed
Laying down at night to a racing mind isn't uncommon for a lot of Americans. In fact the CDC conducted a study, in which over 49 million Americans had difficulty sleeping due to a restless mind. And even though the National Institutes of Health recommends seven to eight hours worth of sleep for adults, sometimes there just isn't enough time.
Natural scents and foods can help calm the mind, like the smell of lavender, which has been said to calm anxiety and insomnia.