Don’t let Instagram envy get into you

April is Stress Awareness Month and I believe everybody experiences stress at some point in their lives. Stress can sometimes act as a positive force and lead to positive outcomes.

However, when it becomes chronic, it might affect a range of health issues – headaches, muscle tension, chest pain, gastrointestinal issues, insomnia and mental health conditions.

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Social media nowadays play a big part in our society, especially Instagram – where users relentless emphasis on promoting their “perfect” lifestyles to make people feel envious.

So, when was the last time scrolling through Instagram made you feel better?

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If you’re like me, the cute puppies and tasty foods on your feed momentarily boost your mood, but how do those artfully edited experiences leave you feeling? Depleted?

Have you ever asked yourself how can these people afford to travel around the world? When will it be your turn to swim in the Maldives, drinking a glass of champagne overlooking the island from your resort?

All these – will leave you with adding financial faux pas to your list.

What can you do today to lead a more positive and less envious life?

Find your source of FOMO

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I believe there are ways to ease your stress/anxiety for FREE, without vacationing at all.

  1. Catch up with friends/family over a simple meal and end with a fruitful conversation.
  2. Find a hobby you enjoy and spend time doing it during your downtime, whether it’s with your partner, friends or family.
  3. Join a sports group – whether it’s hiking, tennis, badminton, netball or dancing, even if they meet as little once or twice a month, you’ll feel a valued part of the community.
Plan ahead for debt-free vacation

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For many people, vacations or simple weekend getaways are part of their plans each year. The simple act of “getting away from it all” helps people reduce stress, whether it is for a day or a week.

If travelling is what you crave, plan a debt-free vacation by estimating how much you can afford to spend and where to go to.

Always be realistic about your ability to spend responsibly and avoid carrying debt.

Why?

Because the interest you could end up paying, and the anxiety that comes with credit card debt can easily erode any post-vacation glow.

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