Your Money And Your Health. How do they relate?
Have you felt bad when needing to take time off work? Even if you were sick and could barely move? How often have you felt bad paying for necessities during a low-income month? And how much stress sits on your shoulders based on how much cash you have in the bank?
These are all questions we can answer, and we’ll all have negative responses to them. But why? Because money and health are connected, and the two can affect each other in many ways. Let’s go through these.
It Can Make You More Stressed
Money is the number one cause of stress, historically and in many countries around the world. It’s a big thing in our lives, and it often forms the basis of the decisions we make. So it only makes sense that a low income, for any reason, would cause us to become tense and anxious.
And when you’re worried about money on a long-term scale, the stress can be off the charts. It can even end up making you ill, thanks to just how much cortisol is regularly in your blood, and new chronic conditions can spring up in your family tree as a result.
It Can Affect How Likely You Are to Seek Help
The amount of money you have in the bank, that isn’t used to pay bills or for home essentials such as food and clothing, can reach a low point month by month. And when you’re someone in this situation, a lack of disposable income, emergency savings, and health insurance can reduce your likelihood of seeking out help for any medical issues you may be experiencing.
It can delay seeing the doctor, or prevent you from getting dental treatment, and it can even affect your mental health by stopping you from reaching out, or heading to rehab if need be. Indeed, it’s why many mental health services now tend to accept alternate payments, such as a rehab that takes Medicaid, or psychiatrists that offer free initial consultations. These services know most of all how the relationship between money and health can ebb and flow, and place a priority on being as accessible as possible.
It Can Change Your Lifestyle
Your money and your health are completely intertwined. Worries over money, and related stress, can cause many things in your lifestyle to negatively change. It can change the amount of sleep you get, lead to weight gain and cause many other issues.
Money affects our lives in both positive and negative ways.