Get Together Without Breaking the Bank
According to The American Institute of Stress, social and emotional support not only helps to reduce stress, but also can help improve health. However, while socializing may be important for our health, it can feel like your social life takes a toll on your finances when typical social events include going out to eat, concerts, sporting events or movies. However, there are plenty of ways you can maintain those social and emotional support systems without straying from your budget.
Instead of going out to eat, start a dinner club, where one person hosts each week. Or take turns hosting a potluck dinner, where everyone brings a dish to share. Make it fun and switch up the menu by assigning a theme or cuisine from different countries to each dinner. If you want to keep it casual, host a game night instead. Board games, puzzles and cards are affordable ways to have ongoing fun with your social circle.
As mentioned in a previous blog, recreational sports are an inexpensive option for getting in your exercise. Many local community or recreation centers organize teams for basketball, softball, and much more! It’s a great way to meet new people and socialize while getting in some physical activity. It’s one of the reasons we sponsor free yoga by the Georgetown waterfront in D.C., not far from our local headquarters, so that anyone in the area can come to meet new people and exercise together.
Our team has plenty of perspective to share on this topic, so talk to us today about how we can support your colleagues in this arena. In the meantime, here are some additional resources created by our trained health coaches to help improve your emotional and mental health: