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90-Second Financial Fix

Save your sanity for less

About the author

Kelsey Hubbard is a freelance broadcast journalist based in Connecticut. She is a former host of ABC News’ Money Matters and was a longtime host and reporter for The Wall Street Journal’s daily video business news shows.

Let’s face it, nobody makes smart decisions when they’re tired and run down.

Staying refreshed and rested is crucial for your emotional and financial health. Not convinced? There’s plenty of evidence that shows most people could do with a break.

People in Mexico, South Korea and Chile are among the hardest workers in the world, according to data compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development in 2012. The OECD tracks various data for about 34 countries.

In the UK, 40% of employees say they are are working harder than they did a year ago and 53% admit they have to do the job of more than one person, according to recruitment and job consulting firm Randstad, in 2013.

Yet, taking time off work to recharge your battery isn’t always feasible and it can be costly. Fortunately, there are little-known ways to get a break without spending a lot of time or money. Click ‘play’ to learn how — in 90 seconds.