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Healthy Finances, Healthy Body

I know it may seem odd to talk about finances on a blog predominately dedicated to health and wellness, but our financial situation can directly contribute to our physical health and well being.

Money is a major source of stress for many people and that stress adversely affects our physical body and our mental state. Constant stress causes us to be in, “fight or flight” mode, which can cause hypertension, cardiovascular disease, a weakened immune system, poor sleep, diabetes, and weight gain.

In addition, healthy eating habits can be difficult or impossible to maintain if you do not have the financial resources to buy nutritional foods, like vegetables, fruits, and lean meat/protein. Let’s face it, eating healthy can be much more expensive than grabbing something from a fast food restaurant.

As a result of these 2 factors, I believe it is critical to spend some time addressing our financial health along with our physical, mental, and spiritual health. We truly can’t have one without the others.

So this week I would like to introduce you to a little exercise that will help you begin to get your financial health tuned up.

Just as you can’t have a healthy body if you fill it with junk food, or a healthy mind if you are focusing on negative thoughts, you can’t have cluttered financial space. What I mean is, if your money/credit cards/checkbook are stuffed into your purse or briefcase with assorted receipts, dried up pens, and old gum wrappers your are not creating a healthy environment for your finances. The same holds true for the loose change floating around your car, couch, etc.

  • Today or over the weekend, take some time to clean out your purse/briefcase, wallet.
    1. Throw out all of the trash
      Organize and file any receipts.
      Line up all of your cash by denomination.
      Sort out gift cards and credit cards and place them in slots.
      Collect and wrap all loose change, cash it in at the bank, or take it to a spare change kiosk. Either deposit the change into your savings account or put it on a gift card. Do the same thing for spare change in your car and around the house.
      Go through other purses, wallets, coat pockets, and anywhere else money may be hiding and collect any forgotten currency.

    By cleaning out, organizing, and nurturing the financial resources directly in your hands you tell your higher power you are ready to be responsible for more money and you open up space for more money to follow in.

    Once you have cleared out and organized your money, you will probably be a little bit richer, and you will be amazed at how much better you feel about your finances and feeling better about money can mean feeling better about your mind and body!

    Feel free to share your experiences below and have a happy, healthy day!


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    Tuesday Tip of the Week – Review Your Goals

    Welcome to week #8 of 2018, the week when most “New Years resolutions” become a distant memory.

    So, what about you?

    Are you sticking to the goals you set for yourself this year?

    Do you even remember the goals you boldly set for 2018?

    This week is a great time to recommit to your goals. If you have not written out your goals, get them on paper. Next, set a reminder on your calendar to review your goals on a regular basis.  You can decide how often you review your goals but read them over at least once per month.

    Once you have reviewed your goals, ask yourself, “Am I taking action to achieve my goals on a regular basis”?  Any action, however small, gets you a step closer to what you want to achieve.  Even baby steps are better than no steps.  However, if you are not paying attention to your goals life may get in the way and you might forget to take those steps.

    I review my goals every 5 days.  I read each one and ask myself what I have done over the past few days to move closer toward successful achievement of the goal.

    You do not have to be taking action on every goal every week.  For example, one of my goals is to take a painting class this year.  It is not a high priority goal and so I have been focusing my attention on my financial and career goals.  But, each week when I review my goals I see my painting class goal and am reminded that it is on my 2018 “to do” list.  Had I not committed it to paper and if I was not reviewing it regularly more likely than not it would not get done.

    If you are serious about sticking to the goals you set for yourself this year, recommit to them by writing them down and reviewing them regularly.  Take action, even if it is just a tiny step, and your success is assured.

     

    Need help recommitting or acting on your goals?  I can help you create an action plan that will get you moving in the right direction.  Email me at achievewellness@ymail.com for a complimentary 15 minute consultation.


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    I LOVE Money…

    For many of us, having more money is one of our goals.  Perhaps we want to earn more money, increase our financial freedom, create a source of passive income, or become a multimillionaire.  But, despite our best efforts we struggle to achieve our dreams of wealth and security.

    Why?

    As we go through life we develop beliefs and attitudes about money that run counter to our intentions to attract more:

    • Rich people are “bad”.
    • Money isn’t spiritual.
    • Money is the root of all evil.
    • Money changes people.
    • Money doesn’t bring happiness.
    • etc…

    We have a love/hate relationship with money.  We love it because it makes us feel happy, helps us care for our families, and pays our bills, but it also brings us stress and feelings of lack, envy, and greed.

    However, in order to attract the money we want to improve our lives (and the lives of those around us) we MUST learn to love and respect money.  Take a few moments to consider how much kindness and respect you give your money.  For example:

    1. Do you have money wadded up in the bottom of your purse/briefcase, or is your money neatly sorted in your wallet?
    2. Do you “blame” money for your problems?  “No matter what I do I never have enough money!”
    3. Do you carelessly waste money on things you do not need or do you enjoy saving up for that special item?
    4. Do you have a financial plan or do you stash your money here, there, and everywhere?

    For years, I treated my money with total disrespect.  I kept extra cash lying around the house or stashed in a desk drawer, I tossed spare change on the seat of my car, I bought what ever I wanted whenever I wanted it, and I made no attempts to wisely invest a portion of my income.

    It wasn’t until I started “taking care” of my money that my finances started to shift.  Now, I keep spare cash locked in a safe, I neatly tuck my spare change into a change pouch, I follow (mostly) a budget, and I set up an auto debit from my checking account to fund my IRA.  I take time each day to show my money love, respect, and gratitude.  It has taken time, patience, and dedication but I am seeing an increase in my finances as well as in opportunities and creative ideas to help me make more.

    If reaching your financial goals is a bit of a challenge for you, take some time to consider if you are treating your money the way you want money to treat you.  Ask yourself,

    “If I treated my friends/family the way I treat my money, how many fulfilling relationships would I have?”

    If the answer is not many, then try this exercise to help you regain a positive, loving relationship with your finances:

    Every day for the next month, write down at least 10 reasons you LOVE money.  Consider things like: money makes me happy, money helps me care for my family, money bought me a new car, money supports me in all ways, giving money to help others brings me joy, money is a physical representation of positive energies, etc…

    This can be a powerful method to begin to rebuild a strong, healthy relationship with your finances.

    Have fun!!!

     

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