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How To Look After Your Physical and Mental Health

By David S. Chang

Many people do not realize just how closely their financial health is tied to their physical and mental wellbeing. When you are struggling under financial pressures, whether that’s due to being in debt or not earning enough money to cover your monthly expenses, this can have an adverse effect on how you are able to live your life.

The stress of dealing with financial pressures can begin to affect your mental health by inducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and even depression, which include headaches, low mood and insomnia.

Additionally, this can start to have a greater knock-on effect on your physical wellbeing, making it difficult to carry out day-to-day tasks. In order to help you avoid this cycle of events, here are a few things you can do to look after your physical, mental and financial wellbeing.

Dealing with debts

Finding yourself in debt is one of the most stressful situations a person can deal with financially, as it can have a huge effect on every aspect of your life. From scraping together money to be able to afford minimum repayments, to worrying about whether you are going to have items from your home repossessed.

Many people also struggle to share their financial concerns with their friends and family for fear of judgment, which can lead to feeling isolated. Not only do all of these problems created by debt have an impact on your financial and mental wellbeing, but the stress can also take a toll on your physical health, which is why it is important to seek professional credit counseling services who can help you find ways to pay off your debts more efficiently, such as by consolidating your debts into one smaller, more manageable payment.

Safeguarding your health at work

Maintaining your physical and mental health at work is vital for your financial health as well, because if you were to become sick or injured it could leave you out of pocket. Poor mental health is one of the most common ways someone can become ill at work, through stress and the pressures of high responsibility roles; though if you work in a physically challenging work environment, coming to physical harm or injury is possible too.

It is important to take precautions to safeguard your physical, mental and financial health in all work settings, from seeking emotional support to understand your rights in the event of an injury, such as if you were seeking advice on a worker’s compensation eye injury settlement.

Find a Hobby

There are many reasons why people’s mental health may suffer because of their work, such as finding their jobs stressful because they do not enjoy their job role, or feeling as though they are not making enough money to live comfortably. This can be combated by finding a hobby that you can turn into a moonlighting opportunity for some extra income. It is important to undertake roles that you enjoy so that you can feel a greater amount of purpose in life. Though it may not always be possible to make such jobs a full-time career, just being able to introduce an extra element of enjoyment and financial freedom into your life would be beneficial to all areas of your wellbeing.

Physical Activity

Many people find that once they retire, they suddenly find it hard to maintain their physical and mental well-being. While aging is a natural part of life, it doesn’t mean one has to give up the same active routine they had while working. Here are a few steps that you can take to promote physical and mental well-being even in retirement.

Physical Activity. One of the best ways to promote overall well-being as a senior is to conduct any type of exercise, even if it is just a 15-minute daily walk. In addition to the many physical health benefits, regular exercise is also excellent for mental and emotional health. Make the physical activity an important part of your daily routine. It will a huge impact on your well-being.

Mental Activities

While physical health is important, make sure not to neglect your mental health. This can be a problem when you are not using your mind as much each day. You can promote good mental health in a few different ways, including:

Enjoy Yourself and Life! People often work their whole life towards retirement yet often forget to enjoy it. Learn to enjoy spending time with yourself and others. Try new hobbies, travel to exotic countries, and look for ways to give back to the community. Retiring doesn’t mean giving up or forsaking what you love. This period of your life is another chapter in your life and an opportunity to maximize the time you have left! those closest to you.

Healthy Lifestyle. In addition to exercise and physical activity, there are other things you can do to take care of your body.

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Not drinking too much alcohol
  • Not smoking

Staying on Top Of Health Problems. Naturally, people start to have more health issues as they get older. Being proactive about living a healthy lifestyle and preventative care can help prevent illnesses or diseases. Many preventive care services are free, such as screenings and immunizations. Taking advantage of the low cost now will reap extremely large benefits in the future. Don’t delay a check-up from a doctor. Be in tune with your body and make appointments if you have any concerns. Go over your health insurance benefits regularly so it doesn’t impact your finances later down the line. You can find the best policies and rates when you use independent brokerages like Insurance Geek. In addition to financial cover, this will also help you to feel confident and calm knowing that you are covered if you need it.

Life is very different when you retire, and it could be easy to let your physical and mental health deteriorate. It is important that you create a healthy lifestyle for yourself so that you are able to enjoy your retirement and maximize the opportunities available!

David S. Chang

Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Wealth Manager and CEO | Chief Editor, Author, Keynote Speaker, Consultant ArtofThinkingSmart.com | Political Consultant | Army Officer National Guard | Living To Fulfill Needs, Solve Problems, and Live Passionately!

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