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.
- 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!