Staying on the Straight and Narrow: Affordable “Gifts” to Help You Stay Healthy

Guest post by Julia Merrill

If you’ve embraced the notion of self-care — mindfully taking time to meet your needs — then you understand that taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally doesn’t start and end with vacation or a weekend workout. Improving your overall health is a year-round commitment and part of your daily routine. Sometimes, sustaining a health regimen requires a little boost to help keep you on track. Treating yourself to a budget-friendly gift can make a world of difference when it comes to staying on the path to good health.


Dancing can burn off as much as 500 calories and it’s a great way to have fun while working your heart, muscles, and joints. Why not treat yourself and a friend or loved one to a couple of one-on-one dance lessons, which can be purchased for from $50 to $90 depending on where you live? The good news is that you can learn many different styles of dance, from hip-hop to salsa and ballroom, so if you’ve always wanted to learn break dancing, this could be your chance.

Gym Membership

Getting a good workout on a regular basis can be difficult when you’re trying to keep pace at home — unless you have the right equipment, which can be expensive. A gym membership, which can be purchased for an average of $60 per month is an economical way to access a wide range of exercise equipment. It also makes it easier to work out with a partner, which makes staying in shape more fun and helps keep you motivated.


Good nutrition is, of course, a cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle and should be a priority if you’ve resolved to make a positive and lasting change. There are plenty of affordable cooking tools that can help you prepare meals that both taste good and keep you feeling good. For example, if you’re into Italian cooking and like using your own ingredients and tools, give yourself a spiralizer or healthy ingredients for homemade pasta sauce.

Meal Delivery Service

Keeping up with a busy work schedule and family responsibilities is hard enough; finding the time to prepare healthful meals on such a busy schedule can be nearly impossible. Meals delivered straight to your front door saves a great deal of time, reduces some of your daily stress and even saves money, with meals available for $5 or less (per serving).

Leisure Time

Making time for yourself is essential for bolstering all aspects of your health. Everyone needs a little down time to take the edge off, which could include indulging in a favorite hobby, spending time in nature, or socializing with good friends. There are many items you can give yourself that will make it easier to relax and recharge your mental batteries.


Looking for a way to help relieve anxiety and sleep better? Consider CBD oil, which is derived from hemp and has relaxing, non-psychotropic properties. Spend some time researching different brands, including customer reviews and third-party test results to help you find one that meets your needs. At about $40, you can easily purchase a container that will help you relax. 

Oil Diffuser

Pleasant aromas have the power to help you unwind, though be aware that not all aroma dispensers are healthy. Plug-in room fresheners, for example, contain chemicals such as formaldehyde, so opt for an essential oil diffuser instead and chill out to the soothing scents of lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and many others.

Staying on the path to healthy living can be very difficult. It’s easy to fall off the path and slough off an exercise session or indulge in your favorite fast foods. Do yourself a favor and invest in some budget-conscious “goodies” now and then to help maintain your self-care objectives.       

Julia Merrill is a retired board certified nurse practitioner. She runs the website BeFriend Your Doc Julia has written other posts for Look to the Western Sky, such as “Tips for Better Sleep for the Whole Family”.


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