Constantly worrying about money can have serious effects on your health and can even put you at a higher risk of having more health problems. Finance related stress has often been linked to heart disease, migraines, lack of sleep and has even resulted in people having to miss work because they can’t cope with the stress.
“It physically hurts to be economically insecure.”
– (The Journal of Psychological Science, 2016)
People who are in major financial difficulty suffer a lot. Everything is a constant reminder of their problems. Even going about your normal daily routine will remind you of money. Financial stress can be one of the most difficult kinds of stresses to deal with because of the feeling of not being in control. This can often lead to unhealthy behaviour that people use to cope. To deal with the stress, many will often use things such as smoking or alcohol as a stress reliever or they will over or under eat with worry – this has a big effect on general health.
As well as physical illnesses, stressing about money can affect our mental health. In the long-term, it can cause chronic illnesses and people will often find themselves suffering from anxiety and depression.
What can you do to help relieve your stress?
There are different options for you to consider when dealing with this kind of stress. You should definitely take the time to understand your situation. This will help you focus on what you can do to get out of it and by understanding how you got into debt, you may be able to stop yourself from getting into any more of the same in the future.
You should also think about cutting your spending. Take a look at our blog on how to ‘Save Even On The Smallest Income.’ This will give you some tips on how you can learn to live on less.
Find your own healthy stress relievers. Exercising 3-4 times a week can really help. This is time for you to release stress and focus on yourself. Others find activities like meditation and yoga to be beneficial in calming and relaxing your mind. These won’t even cost you! You’ll find many exercise routines, yoga sessions and meditation podcasts on YouTube. There are lots to choose from so you’ll be sure to find something that suits you.
Some normal everyday activities could also help. Things, like listening to music, visiting a friend or going for a long walk, can do so much to clear your mind. Even if your mind drifts to your problems, you’re more likely to have a clearer and positive outlook that will hopefully help you to figure out a solution rather than become more stressed.
Always remember if you’re having problems with your debt, that companies like us are here to help. We can advise you on the best route to help consolidate your debts into one affordable monthly payment. Get in touch with our expert team today. They’ll be happy to listen and help you take the first steps towards debt freedom. Call us on 0141 380 0221.