The Health and Money Connection
You’ve probably heard the term “fight or flight.” This refers to our stress response when we are faced with danger and our instincts take over to protect ourselves. This type of stress is necessary for survival. Nowadays, we are faced with many different stressors that aren’t necessarily life or death, but if not managed in a healthy way, our stress can be detrimental to our health.
Chronic stress, or stress that persists, can lead to disease, either because of the body’s response to continued stress, or due to coping strategies such as overeating, smoking or drinking. Some sources of stress include job pressures, health, relationships and money. According to the American Psychological Association, money is the second most common source of stress in Americans.
Not only can financial stress take a toll on our health, many believe that it can be expensive to eat healthy, work out and socialize (which is important for our emotional health and coping with stress). We’re here to tell you that there are plenty of ways to eat healthy, work out and keep up with your social life without breaking the bank! Stay tuned for our financial wellness series over the next few weeks as we dive deeper into these areas of health and share some tips on sticking to your budget while continuing to live a healthy lifestyle.
In the meantime, check out these additional resources written by our very own Coaching Team on how to cope with stress: