$5 Fixes: Stress Less, Sleep Well and Lose Weight
It doesn’t take an expensive spa day to help ease your everyday stress. And you don’t need an pricey mattress or personal chef to get a better night of sleep or a more trim physique. Try these extra-affordable tools and tricks to living a healthier life.
Pool Noodle, Cost: $2
You can use pool noodles for an at-home massage. Lying down on a noodle can break up the stiffness from the day.
Mediterranean Red Wine, Cost: $4.49
Alcohol helps you relax by inhibiting the movement of the neurotransmitters responsible for stress. Click here for more information on the benefits of red wine.
Skullcap Tea, Cost $5
This tea’s high flavonoid content will help you relax. With nearly 300 active compounds, skullcap tea has been used for hundreds of years to treat stress problems and epilepsy.
Sea Salt and Noni Baths, $5
Open your pores, cleanse your body and relax by spending 15 minutes in a warm sea salt and noni bath. The sea salt will absorb built up acids and the noni will leave you feeling refreshed.
Just 1 tablespoon of this hero plant of the rainforest will help regulate stress all day long by managing the flight or fight response.
Scalp Massager, $4
Clinical trials have shown that scalp massagers prompt the body to produce serotonin and endorphins, chemicals that will make you feel relaxed and happy.
White Noise, Cost: $0.99
Try downloading the sound of crackling fire, which you can get for less than $1. White noise acts by masking external noises and removing anything in the environment that may wake you.
Cool Down, Cost: Less than $5
Put ice packs in your pillow. They lower your body temperature, which will help you sleep.
Liquid Melatonin, Cost: $4
Try adding 18 drops, which is about .5 mg, of liquid melatonin to chamomile tea two hours before bedtime. Melatonin is a sleep hormone, and as you age, your body produces less. Chamomile tea is a natural tranquilizer and sleep inducer.
Boost Your Diet
Salad Bowl, Cost: $4.99
Look for a salad bowl that has a separate 2-ounce compartment for your salad dressing to help limit your portions.
Psyllium Supplement, Cost: $5 (online)
Psyllium will help you feel full longer and reduce your hunger cravings. Take it with 8 ounces of waters to prevent gas and constipation. Click here for a smoothie recipe you can make with pysllium.