How Health Influences Financial Success

Mar 7, 2024 | Health Matters, Healthy Living

Do you ever wonder if your health and finances are connected? It’s not as far-fetched as it might seem! Prioritizing your health is the best investment you can make, literally and figurative, and it pays off in life-changing ways.

 

How Are Your Health and Wealth Connected? 

When your body is in a state of optimal health, it functions like a well-oiled machine. It enhances everything from your energy levels to your brain’s ability to process information, make decisions, and creatively solve problems. These are obvious benefits for your personal well-being, but they are beneficial for financial management and growth, too!

Eating nutrient-dense, balanced meals and regular physical activity improves cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular health boosts brain function and alertness, directly impacting your financial decision-making skills. This enhanced physical state reduces the likelihood of illnesses, which can lead to lower healthcare costs and more opportunities to redirect those funds to invest in your financial future.

Your body’s response to stress is another factor that comes into play. A healthy and balanced lifestyle ensures hormones like excess cortisol do not compromise your health. It’s a great way to ensure stress doesn’t cloud judgment or impede your ability to make sound financial choices. Instead of being reactive, a healthy mind and body will approach financial decisions with clarity, emotional stability, and forethought. 

…and if you happened to miss it, I have a whole blog dedicated to explaining how positive thinking boosts your immune system! This means fewer sick days, decreased stress, and lowered risk of chronic disease (that will really impact your finances). The power of mindfulness and positive thinking shouldn’t be overlooked in your journey.

I know you’re busy, and I know how it can be easier to put off your health when you have so much going on at work and at home. But by prioritizing your health now, you’re priming your body and mind to work in harmony. It will allow you to truly boost your financial success and every other part of your life. It is all intertwined. Your health is everything. It is your most valuable asset, and nurturing it will open doors to opportunities you’ve only dreamed of. You owe it to yourself to make your well-being a priority. 

This approach creates a positive feedback loop where good health fuels better financial decisions.

 

Financial Troubles and Our ‘Survival Mode’

Now, if you have ever faced financial troubles, and I mean real financial troubles, you know just how hard-hitting it is. Your stomach might ache, you might swap between chills and profuse sweating, your mental health is in dire straits, and to make all of it worse, you probably haven’t slept in days. You go into “survival mode.” 

In survival mode, the body becomes flooded with stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, preparing us for immediate action — the classic ‘fight or flight’ response. Whether your financial challenges are literal life or death or just feel that way, our bodies haven’t evolved enough to tell the difference. We get the same biological reaction and it takes up vast amounts of energy and mental resources. It gets even more serious if we stay in this response for a long time. It will leave you with less bandwidth for strategic thinking and planning. 

Survival mode can make us more reactive to immediate financial pressures and eat away at our emotional resilience. This leads to decisions that may not serve our best interests in the long run, but you make them just to try and get by in the moment. 

The high stress from living this way can wreak havoc on your body, but it can also cause you to neglect your health. I’ve seen it more times than I can bear. People living paycheck to paycheck, who start neglecting to go for check-ups, grabbing unhealthy food options because they were “cheaper,” or even putting off going to the dentist for years until their body screams at them to do something. In the same way that health and finances can have a positive feedback loop, not being financially healthy can have a negative feedback loop.

If you’re in this position, I want you to know that you can and do have options to take control of your health. Techniques such as mindfulness, regular physical activity, and adequate rest can help recalibrate your health, allowing for clearer thinking and more effective financial decision-making. I promise, you can break free from the survival mode cycle and it does get better. 

 

Common Challenges and Solutions Related to Health and Finances

If you are wanting to get healthy but feel like your finances are getting in the way, or vice versa, I want you to know you have options and solutions to help you take control of your health, and your life. 

 

“I need to get healthier but can’t afford a gym membership.”

The gym has become so synonymous with weight management and “getting healthy.” But people were healthy and thriving for years before gyms started opening their doors. Nature offers an expansive gym open to all, from park trails for jogging to community gardens for a dose of active mindfulness. 

While I will always advocate for getting outside, I want to make sure you find movement that works for you so that you will do it consistently. The digital world is full of free workout tutorials and apps that can guide you towards your fitness goals without spending a dime or even leaving your front room!

 

“Healthy eating is too expensive. I can’t afford the groceries.”

I know the cost of living has increased, and the sticker shock does sting, but healthy eating on a budget is more achievable than it seems. Focus on whole foods and plan meals around seasonal produce and sales.

Cooking in batches can save both time and money, proving that a nutritious diet doesn’t have to break the bank. The health kickbacks from eating to fuel your body instead of fast food or processed items will more than pay itself off in the long run. Your health is your biggest investment.

 

“I have no time to focus on my health.”

Life is busy, I get that. But here’s the thing…despite popular belief that you need to spend hours in the gym 5 days a week to be healthy, prioritizing healthful habits doesn’t require hours you don’t have. It’s about making the most of the moments you do. 

Quick, high-intensity workouts can fit into a lunch break, and meal prepping can transform kitchen time into an efficient health investment for the week. You don’t need _more_ time, you need time optimization. We all have the same 24 hours. Your health is a priority that deserves a spot in your schedule, no matter how packed it may be.

 

“I’m too stressed to manage my health or finances effectively.”

It’s understandable to feel that stress has a vice-like grip on your life, making it hard to focus on anything else, let alone your health or finances. But managing stress effectively can actually help your health and your finances. They go hand in hand. 

You can start right now with simple and free stress management practices like mindfulness, deep breathing exercises, and journaling. These techniques can offer a respite from the chaos, clearing your mind to make better decisions for your health and wallet. These small acts of self-care are powerful, accessible, and don’t cost you a penny. The only thing stopping you, is you. 

 

I know there are a lot of reasons that may be holding you back, but I want to shed light that they really don’t have to be. I’m here with you every step of the way. I want you to see the power you have to make small decisions that stack up to a more happy, healthy you. Don’t wait until you are plagued with chronic illnesses to start taking care of yourself. Being proactive in your prevention will pay off, I promise.

 

Tips to Boost your Health that Influence Your Financial Success

Healthy habits can be easy and cheap. They are wildly effective in preventing high healthcare costs, boosting productivity, and landing even higher earnings! These tips can help you take control of your health right now and positively influence your financial success. They may seem small, but if you practice your self-care rituals consistently and habit stack, you will feel the difference.

  • Stay Hydrated: Drinking enough water (1/2 your weight in fluid ounces per day) boosts energy, improves focus, and aids digestion, reducing the need for medical interventions and enhancing work performance.
  • Practice Good Sleep Hygiene: Quality sleep is linked to improved concentration, lower stress levels, and more. It is when your body removes toxins, repairs, and rejuvenates. The health effects are huge and not to be taken lightly. Instead of binge-watching that Netflix series, opt for a full 8 hours of sleep. It can lead to better financial decisions, reduced healthcare expenses, and more. Having trouble sleeping? I can help you reclaim your health while you sleep! You’re only a few clicks away from the sleep you’ve been dreaming of! 
  • Grow Your Own Herbs or Vegetables: Even a small garden can reduce grocery bills and ensure you’re eating fresh, nutrient-rich foods. Skin contact with soil is excellent for immunity and mental health, too! 
  • Take Short Active Breaks During Work: Take a few minutes at minimum to get up, walk around, and do some light stretching. This boosts circulation and productivity, potentially leading to better job performance and opportunities for financial growth. 

 

Taking care of your health isn’t just an option; it’s a necessity that fuels every aspect of your life. By taking action with your health, you’re ensuring a healthier tomorrow. You’re setting the foundation for lasting vitality and prosperity. Your health is the cornerstone of your ability to achieve, dream, and thrive. 

 

You can’t make a better investment than in your health. Book a FREE Health Consultation call now and start living the life of your dreams! 

 

 

 


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