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At Color Chiropractic, we help people take a holistic approach to health.  Oftentimes, a holistic approach means collaborating with others in our community so they can help you live the type of life you deserve.  This week, we have a guest writer, Julie Morris, who is a life and career coach.

Julie thrives on helping others live their best lives. It’s easy for her to relate to clients who feel run over by life because she’s been there. After years in a successful (but unfulfilling) career in finance, Julie busted out of the corner office that had become her prison. Today, she is fulfilled by helping busy professionals like her past self get the clarity they need in order to live inspired lives that fill more than just their bank accounts. When Julie isn’t working with clients, she enjoys writing and is currently working on her first book. She also loves spending time outdoors and getting lost in a good book. Visit her site at juliemorris.org

Enjoy the entry.  

In Service,

Drs. Tran and Hsu

P.S.  If you are curious about how we might address your health issues, schedule a free consultation today.

8 Fun and Affordable Hobbies You Can Learn Today

Learning a new hobby doesn’t have to be expensive or for people with deep pockets. Especially since you can find a deal on just about anything these days. Hobbies are an excellent way to discover new parts of your personality and try new experiences, which in turn can benefit your mental health. Here are some fun and affordable hobbies you can get into today without putting a dent in your wallet.

  1. Drawing and Painting

    Research conducted on the beneficial effects of creative exercises indicates that artistic activity is very effective in reducing stress, managing anxiety, and helping with mood disorders. When looking into trying out drawing or painting, do your homework first and check out art supply retailers such as Hobby Lobby to see what weekly sales and discounts you can get on supplies. When first starting out, there’s no point in spending a bundle. Buy a few supplies at a time until you’re more invested.

  2. Create Crafts

    Crafting offers a great opportunity to engage in meditative thinking, promote happiness, and encourage overall mental health. Crafting can be anything from creating scrapbooks and collages to sewing your own clothes and creating home decor. Stop by stores like Joann to see what kinds of coupons are available for fabric and other decorating supplies.

  3. Tennis

    Time to channel your inner Serena Williams. Tennis is an excellent activity where you can meet new people and just enjoy whacking the life out of a fuzzy green ball. If new sports equipment is needed, you can easily keep costs down by using online promo codes or coupons. For example, you can find coupons for stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods, which offers a wide selection of tennis gear. Alternatively, you can look at sites like Craigslist or check thrift stores to find gently used rackets and apparel.

  4. Golf

    If you’re interested in learning sports, consider giving golf a try. If getting out to the golf course is too time intensive or expensive, consider setting up a putting green in your backyard. It’s quite easy and surprisingly affordable if you set it up yourself. You can also find deals online for golf clubs and use promo codes as well as coupons and other discount options.

  5. Learn an Instrument

    Learning an instrument can be an incredible experience, but don’t feel pressured to step into expensive music lessons immediately. There are often university students who are talented and qualified that can also provide affordable music lessons. You can also find teachers online who offer deep discounts for the first month of lessons, which can help you save money. Renting an instrument is also an affordable option, or even buying a used instrument. Check out your local classifieds section online to see if people are selling an instrument you’re interested in learning.

  6. Swimming

    According to HuffPost, swimming is a great way to manage stress, decrease blood pressure, and strengthen your knees and back in a low-impact manner. What’s more, it doesn’t require a lot of gear to get started, and if you’re looking to save some money, you can even hit up some of your favorite local places to swim. Oftentimes there are wellness centers or community centers that have deals based on the season.

  7. Walking and Exercise
    The American Heart Association states that walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes as much as running. The best thing about walking is that it’s free. Explore your hometown, or just get on a treadmill and listen to an audiobook. You don’t need expensive shoes for it, just something comfortable that you can wear for lengthy stretches. Also, if you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan, like those offered by private insurance companies like Aetna, you can take part in the Silver Sneakers program, which gives you access to fitness facilities around the country.
  8. Beekeeping

    Beekeeping is one hobby that is becoming popular worldwide, even in densely populated urban areas. It’s possible to have a thriving hive that provides you with honey at a relatively inexpensive price. You can start off with a beginner beekeeper kit and even build your own beekeeping house. Some kits come with great discounts and promo codes, so search online before making a commitment.

There are plenty of fun, enjoyable hobbies that can provide maximum fun and relaxation without breaking the bank. By searching around for great deals and keeping an open mind, you can find your next favorite pastime.