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Work-Life Balance 2010-04-04 06:00:21

Your Two Cents: Do You Budget For Mental Health?

When it comes to the budget, things can get tight. Travel expenses, doctors' bills, groceries, rent — the list goes on and on. Still, when I stop to think about my budget, I suppose there's an area I've been neglecting. My mental health doesn't often get a piece of the pie all to itself. In fact, I hardly think about it as a separate part of my life altogether, nor do I assume that any "splurgey" purchases I make, i.e. that pair of stilettos I didn't need, my daily coffee, are a part of my mental well-being. But, that's not exactly the case.

When stress builds and our mental health is in jeopardy, the fix isn't an online shopping binge, but more attention to our bodies and our minds. Relaxation is crucial, but do you have an actual budget for mental health expenses like massage or wellness retreats? I know some friends who do, and consequently make it a regular priority to keep a healthy body and mind — what about you?

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BeautyEditor BeautyEditor 6 years
No - but living in busy, bustling Manhattan, I probably should.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
yah i definitely budget for my gym membership, wax, nails, massage etc. but i didn't consider it mental health really until you said it
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Kind of. I budget for my exercise stuff and my manicure stuff, which helps my mental health. And every so often, I go and get a massage or something to pamper myself.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 6 years
I definitely should budget for mental health, i've never even had a massage! or a facial! I guess the clothes and books I buy here and there could count.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I wish I had room in my budget for these sorts of things!
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 6 years
I do budget a little extra for "fun" items --- that pair of shoes or a nice dinner out with friends... I don't necessarily call it "mental health" related though - more of my reward for working hard and budgeting well.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 6 years
This is a really interesting notion. It's giving me food for thought. I think my exercise is for my mental health. I buy good exercise gear for my workouts, and some of the stuff is pricey. Perhaps my budget for exercise gear is my budget for mental health?
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