Chances are you are experiencing financial stress. According to research on Stress in America, 72% of people are stressed about money. With 22% saying that this stress about money is extreme.
Where is this stress coming from? Significant sources of money-related stress include:
Financial stress extends beyond the interest you pay on Visa or MasterCard. The real impact is that money stress hurts relationships and is the leading cause of health problems.
Whether you are keeping your head afloat and living from pay check to pay check, or swimming in a sea of debt; stress about your finances is likely to have an impact in three areas.
First, people who report higher levels of stress tend to engage in more unhealthy behaviors to manage this stress. For example, I knew a guy who didn't mind a glass of wine at night but he would often have a few more under higher levels of stress.
Second, stress about money has the potential to lead to poorer decisions that perpetuate the money stress cycle.
Third, stress about your finances has a direct impact on your health.
Dealing with money stress involves
Do you need to organize a debt counselor, or organize debt consolidation or debt settlement?
Rather than being passive, taking control can reduce your stress. While I would love to provide you with a secret formula to make money or a seed that you can plant for a money tree, the steps to taking control of your finances are:
It is important to recognize that you are not helpless in this situation. Talk to a friend, a loved one, or a financial counselor.
The important thing is to talk to somebody and not bottle up your stress. This can be shown in the graph below.
What is clear from the graph above is that those who have emotional support in the face of financial stress are:
It is too easy in the face of financial stress to avoid the stress by watching TV or surfing the net. Similarly there is a danger in the face of stress that we will smoke and drink more...which all contribute to the effects of stress on health.
In the face of financial stress there are a few things that you can do to reduce the impact of stress on you and your family.
Money stress can be seen as something terrible or as an opportunity to pare down your priorities and focus on what is important for you and your family.
By seeing your new situation as an opportunity to re-assess priorities rather than as a failure can help you to reduce stress.
Eat well. Stress can lead to stress weight gain and general wear and tear on your body. Eating well can help to replenish the vitamins and nutrients that stress strips from your body.
Here are some ways that a balanced diet helps you to cope with stress.
Get physically active. Exercise reduces stress and improves your mood. Exercise helps to relax your muscles and use up all the accumulated stress products.
Whether you decide to go for a walk, swim some laps or take up dancing - planning something each day that you enjoy and gets your body moving can be beneficial for you.
These exercise and stress tips can get you started.
Money stress can extend beyond dollars and cents, creating conflict and harming relationships.
Focus on your relationship and identify low cost ways that you can bring enjoyment and fun into your relationship with friends and family.StressHack › Causes of Stress › Financial Stress
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