5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health (with finances in mind)

As the dust settles after the holidays, it is a natural time to think about what changes we can make in the new year to set a strong path to reaching our personal goals. 

Everyone talks about 'wellness' this time of year, most often physical or nutritional. When you look at all of the pieces of your life and how they work together, these are just two parts of true wellness.

'Holistic' wellness is when there is alignment between all of the different aspects of your life and with alignment comes the ability for you to meet your personal goals. 
As a financial mentor, a big part of my job is talking about life goals of all kinds and how money/investments can help you reach those goals. Money can facilitate opportunities in your life but it can also be a trigger for stress and stress can have a big impact on your health.
Some negative effects of financial stress include: 
- sleep deprivation
- overeating
- substance abuse
- accidents 
- anxiety/depression 
- relationship issues 
As you work to stay well in 2020 please also keep your bank account in mind. 

Here are 5 Easy Ways to Improve your Health
(with your finances in mind)

Eatathome1. Eating in is still the best way to eat healthy 

It is time to dispel the ongoing perception that healthy items are more expensive than less-healthy ones. "By cooking more often at home, you have a better diet at no significant cost increase, while if you go out more, you have a less healthy diet at a higher cost," said Adam Drewnowski, director of the UW's Center for Public Health Nutrition

2. You can break a sweat at home 
Thanks to technology the number of at-home alternatives for working out is growing. A gym membership costs upwards of $60 per month but thanks to apps, video streaming and online communities you can save and see results from the comfort of your own living room. Going for a walk or a run outside is just a free as it has always been. Ways to Exercise at Home

3. Connect without cocktails
Finding ways to connect with others is a big part of social wellness but going out can sometimes break the budget.  There are a lot of ways to spend time with others without spending a lot of money. Here are just a few: organize a potluck, a movie night, a book club or a board game competition. Make plans to volunteer, schedule a pick-up game at a local park or if all else fails, drink what is on-tap and avoid high-priced cocktails.   
4. Stay active online to keep learning
Now more than ever, staying intellectually active and engaged can be accomplished with a laptop and an internet connection. Find free content online and communities of people ready to help you continue to learn and improve your knowledge and skills without a lot of expense. Have you watched a Ted Talk recently? 
5. Talk to a financial advisor 
Laying out a financial plan with the ones that you love can give you a map to keep you on track, set-up accountability to those goals and help you avoid potential conflict down the road. A financial advisor can help you identify opportunities that you may have overlooked and give you additional peace of mind that you are on the right track. 

I would encourage you to consider your financial wellness in addition to your physical and nutritional regimen in this new year. When one aspect of your life is out of alignment, it can drastically impact your ability to be well in other areas too. 
Your financial wellness matters and we are here to answer your questions. 
Call to chat with a mentor today at 877.742.2022.
Brandon Sutcliffe on January 2nd, 2020

Posted by Brandon Sutcliffe

Brandon Sutcliffe is a financial mentor for Financial Elements, Resources’ employee wellness solution powered by people and amplified by technology. Brandon helps participants by breaking down financial concepts to increase financial literacy that will impact everyday financial decisions to reach the desired outcome

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