Keys To Financial Health: Rest And Recreation

Balance of Health

Rest and recreation are very important in a person’s life. However, in a fast-paced society wherein working to earn money is necessary, their importance because of the benefits they bring to a person’s health and well-being appears to have been forgotten. People who are found spending time in leisure activities have sometimes even been branded as lazy and/or complacent, giving rest and recreation a somewhat “negative connotation.” In truth however, spending time in such activities is important because it contributes much to an individual’s holistic health condition, which is necessary so a person can work to earn money.

Balance of Health

Like finances, good health as a result of adequate rest and recreation, is a resource in itself, which is required so that an individual can have good performance at work and ensure financial stability for himself/herself and his/her dependents. Relaxing and engaging in leisure activities can restore the balance of health that might have been negatively affected by stress and tiredness experienced by the person because of his/her hectic daily work routine. Balance of health should be viewed as internal and external. Spending time in quiet introspection and meditation can help restore one’s mental and/or spiritual health, while spending time fellowshiping with friends and loved ones can positively contribute to one’s emotional well-being because of meaningful times of interactions.

Allotting time for leisure and relaxation can restore balance to one’s physique. Getting enough sleep, and exercise can help replenish and boost up one’s strength and stamina needed to carry out his/her job excellently and ensure financial stability. Regular interaction with people enriches and strengthens relationships both at home and at work. Healthy relationships with workmates usually lead to strong camaraderie and teamwork, which is keys to financial success in one’s chosen career. Peak holistic personal health can contribute to excellent work performance, resulting to financial stability.

Time to Relax

Everyone has different ways of relaxing, which are usually determined by one’s personality, preferences, and financial capabilities. Regardless of monetary capacities, simple and/or in-door type of individuals, may find it relaxing to just staying at home and watch TV, cook recipes, read books,garden the backyard, play with the kids, take care of the dog, etc. Those who are physically conscious might choose to jog or simply stroll around the neighborhood to unwind. Others engage in competitive activities such as sports – soccer, hockey, swimming, basketball, tennis, among others.

time to relax

People-oriented folks might go to the park and have pick-nicks with relatives, neighbors and/or friends. Others find it relaxing doing their hobbies. These may include, but are not limited to sketching, painting, reading, playing the piano, strumming the guitar, composing a song, writing a poem, listening to music, playing video games, etc. Others may go out on a romantic date, sleep over at their neighbor’s and/or friend’s place, and pay a visit to friends and relatives – parents, grandparents, kids, siblings, etc.

Out-door individuals who might also be financially well-off and/or have the luxury of time for vacations, travel out-of-town – even abroad for tours. Others may choose to camp in the forest, sunbathe at the beach, go hiking in the mountain, and attend retreats in rest houses, among others. They may opt to go alone or with companions – family and/or friends, to make their time of rest and relaxation more enjoyable. These are usually most applicable to people-oriented individuals.

Budgeting for Leisure

Regardless of how an individual spends his/her time of rest and recreation, it is important to remember that there will always be expenses incurred even during times of unwinding. These include, but are not limited to cost on food, water, electricity, and transportation, which should be taken note of by the individual. The only difference is the amounts of cash each person will be expending during these times, which will depend on how he/she intends to unwind. So it is important to budget finances accurately, setting aside enough money not only for one’s rest and recreational activities but for emergencies that might be needed during these times. This is especially applicable for out-of-town trips wherein budget for food, lodging, and transportation is more expensive.

budgeting for leisure

Make time for rest and recreation in your life. Schedule it regularly – on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and yearly basis. And this will entail you to manage your finances very well, as you consider expenses that will be incurred during these times of unwinding. Having sufficient rest and recreation can greatly contribute to your over-all health and well-being, which is crucial in order to perform well on your job, earn more, and achieve financial stability. Make sure that activities for rest and recreation are included in your regular budget plans. Learn also to view these as investments to health and not expenses from your bank account.

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