Do you realize we’re almost half way through the year? If you’re like me, as the calendar turned to the spring months, you noticed a need for health improvement (after such a long winter). And, hopefully you are working on implementing an exercise program or you’ve already stepped up into a new routine.
It seems like as we shed our heavy clothing from the colder months when the weather turns, our out of shape bodies are emphasized. So, for many of us we start trying to make a difference in our health by replacing comfort food with lighter meals and by moving from a state of lethargy (perhaps I’m exaggerating a bit here) to more activity.
For the sake of time, let’s assume we’ve realized a need to improve our physical health and we’re trending in a positive direction in this realm; for now, we’ll check this off as newly implemented and trending.
What about your financial health? Do you realize that financial stress can keep you feeling mentally burdened and physically heavy? It weighs on the mind and the stress from worrying actually releases chemicals in the body, which can cause weight loss difficulty. Yes, our waistlines may be thicker because off our worrying habits.
Have you recognized a need for improvement in this area of your life? Have your holiday bills been paid off yet? Have you trimmed your spending to stop the bleeding? If you care physically to improve your health it’s important to realize that mental distress impacts the body significantly so let’s get a handle on both our physical and financial health.
Lifehacker.com shares these basic tips on money management:
“Learn to budget … We want things. We like to spend our money. We try to find that delicate balance between enjoying what we earn and saving for the future. If you fall into this category, you probably need a budget. [Track your spending and categorize/prioritize expenses gauged by income; layout when the bills are due during the month plotted to prior payday dates in order to strategize on-time payments and savings.]
Find a savings plan that works … Budgets can get complicated, but savings plans don’t have to. All you really have to do is regularly dump a bunch of money in the bank. Even if you don’t add much each month, it can add up to a lot. You need to find an amount that works well for you [anything is better than nothing].
Eliminate debt … Debt plagues a lot of people nowadays. Many of us spend more than we have without a plan to pay it off [make a plan].”
Financial health and physical health are intertwined. One impacts the other. It’s never too late to gain control on not only our eating habits but our spending habits as well; there is no time like the present to take back our power.
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