Jump Start Aug: Tenner Week: Day 7

tenner week relax take it easy destressIt’s the last day of this Tenner Week – how’s your budgeting going this week? If you’ve made it through the last seven days in one piece – or even if you haven’t – it’s time to take it easy and relax now.

It’s up to you which activity you choose, but they’re broadly split between things people find relaxing and what you might call active relaxation. Here are some ideas for relaxing leisure time:

  • Watching comedy or other TV/film
  • Having a glass of wine and a chat
  • Seeing friends who are relaxing company
  • Baking or other cooking
  • Yoga or any other exercise
  • Hobbies or crafts
  • Listening to music
  • Computer games or art
  • Having a soak in the bath
  • Early night with a good book

For more active relaxation you could try:

  • Breathing exercises
  • Muscle relaxation
  • De-stress information from your GP or the NHS
  • Meditation
  • Mantras or affirmations
  • Tai chi or qi gong
  • Self-hypnosis
  • Smartphone apps: Calm, Relax free
  • Mindfulness exercises

I’m going out for a long walk at lunchtime to get some fresh air, and I’m going to listen to music over dinner as well. I might try a smartphone app in the evening too.

What are you going to try? Most relaxation stuff is free, so you don’t need to worry about your budget.

Yesterday I watched the Great British Bake Off, or at least most of it. The amount of blue plasters was a bit worrying, but the show’s still a lot of harmless fun, so I got my 55-minutes-worth. That’s all my TV time used up, so no telly for me tonight.

I also went out for coffee at a local cafe, and left a tip. That set me back £2.60, bringing the total spend to £4.69 so far. We need one or two groceries, so I’ll probably pick something up while I’m out, but I hope to stay within the £10 limit – let’s see if it can be done.

Available now: The ‘How to Live on £10’ ebook

To make your Tenner Week go with a bigger bang, try ‘How to Live on £10 a Week: Take the Tenner Week Challenge’. It includes a real life example of a shopping basket and menu, and plenty of free and cheap ways to keep yourself entertained.

It costs less than a cup of fancy coffee, and will save you loads of cash. You don’t need to own a Kindle to read this book – there’s free, safe official software you can download to read it on your phone, tablet or computer.

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