“Money, money, money.
Must be funny.
In a rich man’s world.”
Truer words haven’t been sung. ABBA definitely knew what they were talking about.
Mortgages, credit card debts, lack of job security, and many other financial stressors can take a big toll on much more than just your money. It can take a toll on your mind, your heart, and your overall health. This is a financially unstable world where everything runs on money. And in this consumerism driven society, the money you earn will never be enough to satiate your ever-expanding need for things. It’s safe to say that money troubles will always be there no matter what you do. But what you don’t realize in this rat race of earning money is how these financial stressors are affecting your health.
Scientists have started looking into the connections between stress, stress factors, and cardiovascular diseases. These things might seem arbitrary but they all somehow lead back to money. The connections become clearer as you read this article.
Money, Stress, And Heart Health
Another shocking revelation to come out of this survey is that the gap in stress levels was minuscule between the people from higher income group and lower income group back in 2007. But this gap has grown significantly wider as per the 2015 survey. All these stress factors have started affecting the lives of people in a big way. Individuals from lower income groups have started putting their healthcare needs at bay due to their financial woes.2
Money woes are here to stay as long as we live in a world that is run by money. It is a fact that can’t be changed. But you can definitely take preventive measures to handle your financial stress better.
6 Ways To Beat The Money Blues
1. Be Active
2. Sleep Well
Humans are monophasic sleepers. That means you need to sleep for a few good hours at a stretch to rejuvenate your body and mind. Stress has a counterproductive effect on your sleep. Thankfully, exercise and mindfulness meditation can help you to counter that effect. Your sleep can strengthen your body and prohibit it from falling apart under pressure and stress. When things get hard, take more care of yourself because you need to be healthier to fight harder.5
3. Follow A Healthy Diet
You are what you eat. So, eat healthy food and load up on essential vitamins and minerals. Good nutrition helps in maintaining a healthy mind and body. When you are stressed, your food habits can take a hit. You might feel like skipping meals, eating at odd times, or binging on fast foods when you’re under pressure. But refrain from doing so. Put in some extra effort to stick to your diet to help your body sustain itself.
4. Be Professionally Proactive
You need to plan better if you want to get ahead in this rat race. So, be proactive about your professional commitments and finances. Keep looking out for better opportunities if you are struggling to make your ends meet with your current salary. Keep your resume updated and keep yourself open to all the opportunities that come your way.
Manage Your Finances Better
Debts and mortgages can leave a big dent in your finance as well as your mental peace. But you can handle this stress by managing your finances better. Make use of technology to help you plan better. Document all your expenses to keep a tab on the money you are spending. Cut down on non-essentials to save money. Start saving and investing judiciously to get through the money crunch.
6. Practice Gratitude
When things get hard, it is easy to lose perspective on life. But remember to practice gratitude every day. Count your blessings and be thankful for them. Bad days are a temporary inconvenience that will soon pass. But healthy relationships and good values can be a permanent source of bliss if you allow them to be.
|↑1, ↑2||American Psychological Association Survey Shows Money Stress Weighing on Americans’ Health Nationwide. American Psychological Association.|
|↑3||The prevalence of psychosocial risk factors in acute myocardial infarction. SA Heart Congress 2017.|
|↑4||Fleshner, M. O. N. I. K. A. “Exercise and Neuroendocrine Regulation of Antibody Production: Protective Effect of Physical Activity on Stress-InducedSuppression of the Specific Antibody Response.” International journal of sports medicine 21, no. Sup. 1 (2000): 14-19.|
|↑5||Relaxation, Stress and Sleep.