10 Things to Do With $10: Health and Wellness

Health and WellnessThis winter may be warmer than usual in most parts of the country, but we’ve nonetheless had our share of dreary days and February restlessness.

And let’s not kid ourselves … when it’s blustery outside, our first instinct isn’t exactly, “Ooh! I can’t wait to jump on the treadmill!”

All the same, that’s what makes this the perfect season to refocus on our health and wellness. While right now it's easy to hole up at home with calorie-rich comfort food, we’ll be kicking ourselves in a couple of months when swimsuit season arrives.

Not to mention, taking care of ourselves can actually be a tool to beat the late-winter blues.

Studies have shown that exercise can reduce anxiety and make us feel better mentally, and eating well may help improve our mood. In particular, this association may exist for foods with omega-3s, magnesium, tryptophan and other B vitamins. (We talk more about the power of "superfoods" here.)

Is Health 'Stuff' Your Spending Trigger?

Have you been known to spend more on health-related goodies? What other spending triggers do you have?

So, we dedicate today’s installment of our 10 Things to Do With 10 Bucks series to your general health and wellness.

The idea behind the series is that, as the month nears its end, you may find a spare $10 in your budget. Although we don’t support your buying lots of random junk, we do believe that occasional splurges are important, especially if you spend it on something that will make you happy.

This month, check out our favorite under-$10 options to maintain your zen—and your figure—straight through ‘til spring.

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  • KDove

    I have taken Melatonin for years as I have something called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome.  Basically, I have trouble falling asleep until very late, and then I want to sleep later to get the right number of hours of sleep.  Not conducive to waking up for work. 

    Melatonin is a great homeopathic remady for people who don’t get the best quality sleep.  Its over the counter so its easy to aquire, and you don’t have to worry about it creating big changes in your body.  When you first start taking it, you may be drowsy the next morning, but stick with it.  Eventually, you will be tired when you need to be, and you will fall asleep right away.  Then, when your alarm goes off in the morning, you will wake right up because you got quality sleep.  I believe that most adults benifit from the 3mg dosage, but ask your pharmasit.  There is also a 5mg dose and a microgram dose (mcg) which can be used for kids. 

    Take melatonin an hour before you want to be in bed and plan on getting 8 hours of sleep. 

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