Weekend Toast 4/26

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one-stop-shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: mental health; home gardening; money lessons; increase your financial IQ; free ways to have fun; lessons from traveling to Italy; plan your post-pandemic travels

Cheers! (and stay safe everyone)

Life

Mental health is a huge problem in our society and yet we don’t talk about it or address it enough. As a physician, I’ve dealt with a lot of adversity and made a conscious decision to seek help and speak to a therapist, whom I now see regularly. Xrayvsn further investigates things we should NOT do when trying to maintain our mental health in his post Mistakes to Avoid While Maintaining Your Mental Health. Check it out and check yourself: do you do any of these things? Is there room for change?

If you’ve always wanted to start your own garden, there’s no time like the present. It’s a project you can work on at home, which can be therapeutic, and doesn’t have to cost you. Women Who Money outline How You can Start An Affordable Home Garden?, including the basics of getting started and what you should be looking for in your research. Happy planting!

Finance

Times of stress and difficulty shine the light on our priorities in life and we are reminded of what truly matters. We also come to face hard decisions, like how to recalibrate our expenses. The Physician Philosopher addresses just that in his post: Hard Times Teach us About Money. While money is not an end-all, it is required to keep a roof over your head and food on the table. Acknowledging where you can cut back can go a long way towards reducing your stress and stretching your funds.

Also, if you’ve got some free time now, and want to improve your financial know-how, Debt Discipline has the books you need to read in 9 BOOKS TO INCREASE YOUR FINANCIAL IQ

On that note, if you’re struggling for things to do to keep you occupied at home, without spending money, TheMoneyMix has just the post for you, 17 Free Ways to Have Fun on the Weekend During COVID-19.

Travel

Travel is a great teacher…about the world, about other cultures, about humans, about yourself. Travel before or during a pandemic is no different. Kasiawrites details her experience traveling to Italy right before the pandemic hit and the lessons she took away as a result. 8 Lessons from Traveling to Italy on the Brink of a Pandemic.

If you’re anything like me, you’re eager for things to go back to normal(ish) just so that the opportunity to travel comes up again. Obviously, we cannot be completely gung ho when it happens; we still will have to take precautions and be flexible in our plans. This article in the Washington Post, I think, also gives out great advice on how to get your planning going for after: How to plan your first post-pandemic trip

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