What Can Financial Stress Do To Your Health?

Filed under: Stress Reduction

Most of us have experienced some form of financial stress, at some point in our lives. Many Americans carry a great deal of debt, whether from college loans, mortgages, or credit cards, and we worry about our ability to retire one day. And often, this stress goes far beyond just “worrying”. Financial strain can lead to depression and anxiety, interfere with our relationships, and in severe cases lead to hopelessness and even suicide.

Physically, we know that any form of stress, particularly when it leads to significant anxiety, triggers the body’s built-in “fight or flight” response. Your system is overwhelmed with adrenaline on a regular basis, causing your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. On a daily basis the symptoms can range from barely noticeable to significantly impairing. Over the long term, the damage can be even worse. Those who suffer from stress are more likely to develop the following conditions:

  • Heart disease or heart attacks
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Cancer
  • High blood pressure
  • Substance abuse
  • Psoriasis

It’s not always possible to completely prevent all problems in our lives, but luckily there are a few things you can do about financial stress. Seeing a professional counselor can help, as well as a healthy diet and regular exercise. You might find some form of meditation or yoga to be beneficial, and some hobbies, particularly creative ones, can offer a great outlet for your feelings.

Of course, while it’s great to learn how to express your feelings, earning more money seems like an obvious solution to financial stress. Many of us are locked into jobs where the amount of money we make does not directly correlate to the amount of work we perform. But when you start a home-based business, you can control your earnings because they directly correlate to how much effort you devote to the business!

To learn more about starting a home-based business that has the potential to change your life, give us a call. We’ll explain how you can get started, with nothing more than a home computer and a little spare time.

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