When basics like rent, groceries, and transportation take up most of your income, you can’t fathom extras that are important for your mental, emotional, and physical health. Think about what you personally need to be happy now and find low cost versions. Spend your energy focusing on what you can afford over what you can’t.
Instead of focusing on how far away I live from all the top restaurants and bars (which are out of my price range anyways), I’m grateful for how close I live to beautiful (and free) walking trails and parks. I mean, I have an amazing view of the Golden Gate bridge less than a ten minute walk from my front door—hard to beat!