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Friday, September 25, 2009

Do You Feel Money Is Shortening Your Life?

 Need A Change In Life?

Yesterday I had a conversation with a good friend of mine in which I realized the impact of stress has on our life. The responsibility when you are the sole financial provider, the impact of being there for our close ones in need, and when you finally snap, because you are unable to be everything for everybody all the time, the guilt causes a reaction that are accented by the high stress level you are feeling. Being pulled in too many directions continuously.

Stress is normal. Everyone feels stress related to work, family, decisions, your future, and more. Stress is both physical and mental. It is caused by major life events such as illness, the death of a loved one, a change in responsibilities or expectations at work, and job promotions, loss, or changes. Flight DealsSmaller, daily events also cause stress, for example a colleague who mutters 'negatives' under their breath or a team member late each day. This stress is not as apparent to us, but it can 'irk' us and the the constant and cumulative impact of small stressors can add up to a big impact.

When it comes to your health, you probably focus a lot on eating correctly and getting exercise.
But what you may not realize is that your daily stress can seriously affect the way your body functions. 

Problems such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke are brought on more seriously when you undergo frequent stress.

Stress causes several things to happen in the body.  It can increase your heart rate and your blood pressure.  This causes stress on your heart – the body’s hardest working muscle.  Stress can also alter the levels of hormones in your body.

The hormone cortisol is increased when you undergo stress.  Cortisol can cause problems such as increased weight gain and weight gain around the midsection of your body.  This type of weight gain can cause problems by putting even more physical stress on your heart and make you feel uncomfortable joint pain.

Stress can also give you sleepless nights.  Instead of falling gently into a restful sleep, you may find yourself tossing and turning all night long.  When you finally do fall asleep, you may have problems staying that way.

When your body is sleep deprived, you’re more like to gain weight, have difficulty concentrating, and reduce the success with which you complete daily tasks such as driving.

And while you have physical symptoms from stress that can lead you to have physical health problems, stress is even more noticeable when it comes to your mental and social health.  Stress can cause problems such as anxiety and depression that prevent you from taking charge of a situation and improving your health.

You can also have problems with money stress interfering with your friendships and family relationships.  This is sometimes a result of irritability that causes discord in your relationships.  But stress can also cause you to withdraw yourself and become more isolated.

All in all, stress from money problems has a debilitating effect on your health.  Wellness takes place when you are physically, mentally, and socially healthy.  And when any one of those areas is affected, your overall health decreases.  Money stress is one of those problems that can affect all three types of health and really put you at risk for major problems.

If money stress is affecting your health, it’s not a good idea to ignore it.  In fact, the more you let it go the bigger your problems will be.  When you have stress, you need to address it as soon as possible.

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