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Life is full of change. Some of this change is welcome, and some of it is not. As you grow older (and wiser), many parts of your life may shift due to altered circumstances, health, jobs, or other factors. This can sometimes cause stress, as you adjust to your new situation and try to make sense of it all.
One of the best ways to cope with this is to learn how to embrace change, accepting your life with all its differences, and finding ways to keep your lifestyle as steady as possible. There are ways to stay frugal through change whilst enjoying your life, and here are a few key elements to remember!
Firstly, it’s important that you always prioritize your health. Any changes that occur to your lifestyle as a result of health issues are important, even if they feel hard to follow! The same is true when it comes to money – it might be that your doctor has encouraged you to follow a particular diet that costs more than you’re used to paying for food.
For the frugal-minded among you, this might feel like a stressful situation, and it will be tempting to skimp out or fall back into old patterns. Instead, investigate ways to save within your new parameters, or see if there are other areas in your life you can be frugal in. Your health should always come first as a priority during any major life change.
Use What’s Right For You
The system is the system, but there are ways to adapt it for your own needs, and you shouldn’t be afraid to utilize them. For example, if changing circumstances mean you end up receiving a government stipend, there are often different ways to use this, such as the Motability Cars scheme.
This means you can use that stipend to receive a car every three years, including breakdown cover and insurance – which could prove a much more efficient use of the money than simply spending it yourself. Investigating how you can adapt and customize any support you receive is a key part of embracing a changing life.
Alright, so this doesn’t mean you have to learn how to do the splits! Staying flexible simply means that you keep yourself open to the possibilities of change. After all, change isn’t always a bad thing, and different circumstances could mean you end up saving money, trying new experiences, and improving the quality of your life overall.
Embracing a changing life can’t happen if you are stuck in the mud still, clinging to your old habits and realities. Often, if we find a system that works, we like to stick to it – this is why we shop at the same supermarkets every week and buy the same products. However, routines can just as easily become ruts. Change can illuminate that, and by staying open and flexible, you’ll be putting yourself in the best position to capitalize on the positives and overcome the negatives of a changing life.