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Mental Health on a Budget

By Brandi Goodman 

Taking care of your mental health doesn't have to cost a lot. Sure, you should be seeing a doctor regularly and possibly speaking with a counselor when you're really feeling down. In general, though, you can try some things at home that will help improve your state of mind without interfering with your meager budget.

Join an Online Support Group

Support groups come in many shapes and sizes. You can find plenty of options online for whatever it is you're going through. Say you lost someone and are trying to cope. You can join a support group and connect with others who have also lost a loved one. Perhaps you're just feeling down and depressed. A support group for individuals experiencing depression is also available. Facebook is one of the best places you'll find for this. Use the search bar to find groups to join. Other social media sites may have similar options.

Spend Time With Friends and Family

Spending time with people you care about can help you unwind or provide the support you're needing. Talk to your family and friends and let them know how you're feeling. Sometimes you just need someone to listen and it can help you feel a lot better. Maybe spending time with them laughing and enjoying one another's company is all you need.

Exercise

Exercise is great for mental health. It releases endorphins that will help your mind and body feel good. It can enhance your mood and ease your stress. Find exercise options that you actually enjoy so you can really benefit from this. Take a walk through a beautiful trail at your local park. Walk the beach. Go for a swim. Do yoga. Dance to upbeat music. Go for a bike ride. You have so many options.

Get Creative

Sometimes, creativity sparks a boost in mood. Do something creative that you enjoy and focus your attention on the project at hand. It can help to ease your stress and lessen your worries -- at least for the time being. Draw. Paint. Write. Knit. Get out in the garden. Decorate around the house. You can even sit and color in your son or daughter's coloring books. Do whatever it is you enjoy and let your creativity flow.

Your mental health matters greatly. Be sure you're doing all you can to take care of it. You don't have to have a lot of money in order to do so. Find ways to cope on your own or with the support of family, friends, or even others online who can relate. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Peachtree City, Ga.

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