I bet you’ve never considered the link between your budget and your health, have you? Most people would be surprised just how intricately they’re related. Your budget is probably the most prevalent thing you think about outside of your family and your health- for most people anyway. Bills, obligations, materialistic desires, our pay, etc. all demand for our mental attention, and guess what? Your health is affected directly as a result. Be sure you know just how your budget and your health are intertwined so you can take care of both for a happier mind and body.
You probably aren’t surprised by this connection between your budget and your health. We all know how depressing bills can be, or how hard it can be to manage a tight budget. If you have depression and are always short on money, or have a hard time managing your money, you need to take care of both issues, however possible. Depression is dangerous to your heart, and can cause a host of other issues in the body. It can also stimulate muscle pain and inflammation. If you need help with your budget, ask someone you trust, and try to stick to it no matter what. Reduce any bills you can, or get rid of things you don’t need. You’d be surprised how the depression will probably subside if you do, and it’s much healthier and safer than prescription drugs.
Stress is usually the culprit behind headaches, whether physical or mental stress is the cause. If you suffer frequent headaches, getting a grip on your budget might help. Consider this before opting to just keep popping pills or ignoring it.
3. Healthy Outlook
On the opposite hand, let’s take a look at the positive aspects of having a well-kept budget. People who manage their finances might not have a lot, and may wish they had more, but they have a healthier outlook on life. This comes from the mental peace you obtain when keeping up with your finances. Most people find that they’re happier overall when their budget is healthy too.
4. Joint Pain
Joint pain can come from stress that causes inflammation. If you have a low budget and choose to eat cheaper, processed foods instead of cheaper whole foods, it could also be contributing to joint pain from physical inflammation. Consider buying more whole foods instead of cheaper foods, and manage your budget better to prevent stress that causes inflammation and joint pain.
5. Stomach Ache
Ninety percent of your nerves that run through your brain also run through your digestive tract. It’s true that your digestive system is truly your second brain. This being said, it’s important to remember just how much one affects the other. When your mind is stressed out, it creates overactive nerves. These nerves directly affect your stomach and might cause gas, bloating, stomach pain, IBS, constipation, or diarrhea. When your budget is a mess, mostly likely, so are your nerves, which can lead to stomach pain.
Your weight can also be greatly affected by your budget. For starters, if you’re buying pricey restaurant foods and have room in your budget for them, it might mean you’re taking in more calories. On the opposite hand, if you have a low budget and eat mostly boxed, processed, cheap foods, it can also cause weight gain. Or, if you’re eating because you’re depressed from your budget, and want to numb yourself with food, it might also make you gain weight. Weight loss could possibly also occur from either a low budget if you can’t afford to eat much, or a more flexible budget if you eat pricey health foods like organic produce, high quality protein, or expensive health products.
Sleep is also directly affected by your budget. Stressing about your budget can keep you up at night, and can be incredibly detrimental to your health. Be sure you’re aware of how this affects more than just your pillow time. Your waistline, stress levels, energy, mood, and even your joints are all affected by your sleep. Lack of sleep also prevents you from feeling well enough to make informed decisions, which can negatively impact your budget even more.
All of these health aspects aren’t just related to what’s on your plate. Think about how your budget affects you regarding these issues, and try to make decisions from here on out that serve you better. I know it isn’t easy at times, but I find when I’m aware of how things affect all areas of my life, I’m more able to make good decisions in all areas, not just one or two. If you have any good budgeting tips that have helped your health, what are they?