Workplace Wellness Insights: The Link Between Financial & Physical Wellness
Each month, we send out our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter. In it, we provide health and wellness tips for your work and life. We all know that financial stress can be a burden, but it can also have a negative effect on your health. Understanding the relationship between financial and physical wellness can help you improve both areas of your life. We’d like to share more from our RK Healthy Workforce wellness newsletter.
Financial stress often causes anxiety and depression which can contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, more frequent colds and minor illnesses and more. Plus, many cope with financial stress in unhealthy ways, such as smoking, drinking and overeating, which can decrease overall health.
Impact on Medical Care
Often, people with financial burdens neglect important preventive care or medication regimens. While this saves money in the short term, it often leads to more serious health problems down the road—and more medical bills.
Making Smarter Decisions
Health care is expensive, but it should not be neglected due to financial trouble. Instead, there are ways to spend your money more wisely, which will improve your overall health and ease your financial strain.
- Utilize preventive care services. Screenings and check-ups can help prevent bigger medical problems (and expenses) down the road.
- Manage chronic conditions. By not adhering to treatment and medication regimens, your condition could worsen significantly. Consider mail-order pharmacies to save money on your prescriptions.
Coping with Financial Stress
Recognize any unhealthy coping methods and find alternatives such as meditation, exercising or talking with a friend. Be sure to take care of yourself by getting enough sleep, eating right, drinking plenty of water and regular exercise. Make time for yourself to just relax. Finally, talk to an advisor regarding your financial troubles. Having a plan of action helps you feel in control and reduces stress.
Our monthly wellness newsletter also provides healthy recipes, seasonal tips and other valuable resources. In April, other topics include:
- Air Pollution Affects More than Your Overall Health
- Don’t Forget About Indoor Air Pollution
- 3 Reasons Why Your Stomach Always Hurts
- Fiesta Hummus Recipe
If you would like to receive this newsletter in your email each month, contact your R&K client manager. Also, check back with us next month for more workplace wellness insights.