Blog By: Lisa Conrath-Bova
It’s probably no surprise that 74% of Americans say their healthcare costs have gone up in the past few years. Most of us “stress” over this fact about our financial situation at least to some degree.
Another “stressor” for you (once you hear this dismal stastistic) is that less than 3 percent of Americans meet the basic qualifications for a “healthy lifestyle,” according to a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
So, what qualifies as a “healthy lifestyle” you ask? There are many ways of being healthy which include: healthy eating, physical activities, weight management and stress management.
We think you’ll want to get to the bottom of this and make better choices for your healthier lifestyle. So what can you do? Start with understanding “stress” and tackling it head-on.
Know what chronic stress can do to you? Well, I do…been to Mayo Clinic, heard from them first-hand that stress had been a factor in my health issues and would continue to be. Additionally…here’s what they say:
According to Mayo Clinic…The long-term activation of the stress-response system—and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones—can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes. Wow! That’s a lot to think about, so here’s more…
This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
So, now you may understand “why” we financial folks are “stressing” the importance of stress reduction and a positive, healthful focus on mind, body, spirit and your pocketbook. If not, here it is…You see, if you lose time at work due to any of the above (causes can be stress), your financial wellness can be impacted on a short-term and potentially long-term basis as well.
So, if your financial situation feels out of control, it’s time to take control of your own personal financial wellness so that you can be in control of your own personal health as well.
Start by checking with your employer on what resources they have for “Financial Wellness.” If they don’t have anything in place, seek out the advice and assistance of a financial professional. The time and money you spend in this area of your “health and wellness” could have very real positive short and long-term effects for you.
In the meantime, take some time to be kinder to yourself and eat more healthfully. It’s about whole foods, less processed, fruits, veggies and proteins. No, we’re not nutritionists, it just seems to be common sense. Then, exercise at least 30 minutes a day. Don’t take our word for it, ask Jan Silverman of Geneva-Fit! She knows best and I’m sure can create a great time-saving program just perfect for your schedule.
And finally, find the time for yourself. Whether it’s 10 minutes or an hour, think about ways to be still, meditate, walk, run, paint, listen to music, whatever you like. Just make sure to fit this personal time in your day. Oh and, don’t forget to figure out the best way for you to tackle and gain control over your financial situation. Reducing this stress can be easier than you think.