You and your finances are linked in more than just money – it is linked to you at every level. You physically carry it, and you emotionally feel its burden when things are bad, and revel in its joy when things are good. It is important that you understand this relationship, because it can really affect your health.
The most basic level of money affecting your health is stress. This could be the stress of feeling like “I need money” or “I have too much debt”. Whatever the part of money and finances that is causing your stress, you need to address it.
You can address it by creating a plan to eliminate the problem and sticking to it. Maybe you need to make extra money or maybe you need to cut down on expenses. But, if you can accomplish your plan or make meaningful steps in the right direction, you should see your stress level go down.
If you can’t seem to eliminate your stress, it can turn into anxiety about money. Your feeling of “I need money” can begin to make you fear it or worry about it at all times. Maybe the thought of money makes you get so nervous you break down.
If you reach this point, it’s time to get real financial help. You need to make sure that you are doing what you can, and take partners to do so. It could also be helpful to speak to a health professional at this point if you feel like your financial situation is starting to improve, but you can’t kick the anxiety you feel.
In a worst case scenario, your feeling of “I need money” can lead to a compulsive behavior. This could manifest itself in compulsively checking your bank account, or even a compulsive shopping or spending habit. If you reach this point, you really need to seek professional help to address both your health and fiscal problems. It will only get worse if you don’t address it and you could find yourself throwing away your entire life.
This is why it is so essential that you take care of both your financial and personal health.