Friday, 5 February 2016

Money and Your Health: How Financial Stress Manifests Itself in Your Body and Mind

We are all aware that stress can adversely affect our health. One of the most common (and damaging) forms can be stress and anxiety centred around financial woes. In order to better understand just how profound of an impact this condition can have, let's take a look at a handful of physical and mental effects that fiscal stress can cause over time.


Mental Issues

Many of us suffer from migraines from time to time, with a recent study finding that over 8 million people in the UK are regularly affected. In the majority of cases, this condition is brought on by mental stress. Some common symptoms include intense pain on one or both sides of the head, nausea, sensitivity to light and dizziness. However, a migraine is not the only result of financial worries. A handful of other common symptoms can include:

• Anxiety and depression
• Mood swings, poor sleep and a short attention span
• An inability to enjoy everyday pleasures
• Poor performance and attention at work
• Strained personal relationships

Chronic financial worries can actually cause any one of these behaviours to increase, as work-related issues and relationship problems may create an even further strain upon your life.

Physical Impacts

Most of us have heard how stress can impact the health of our heart. This condition will often lead to high blood pressure, elevated levels of cholesterol and even greater chances of a heart attack. Still, the heart is only one of the systems that is impacted. Some additional negative effects that are a result of stress include:

• Changes of levels of stress-related hormones such as cortisol.
• Weight gain and obesity.
• A weakened immune system.
• Diabetes.
• Other chronic (and dangerous) illnesses such as fibromyalgia, lupus and even cancer.

What is important to note here is that such conditions tend to be "silent killers." In other words, they are normally detected once they have significantly progressed. Every year, scientists are discovering more conditions that are caused by stress.

Solutions

Of course, effectively managing your stress is the first step towards a healthier lifestyle. Modifying your diet, finding physical releases such as exercise and detecting symptoms early on are all very effective.

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