Is The Stress of Money Affecting Your Health, Energy or Happiness?

Are You Stressed About Your Money Situation?

Written by: Kristen White
images (1)Are you stressed about your money situation? Do you numb your anxiety about money by overeating, shopping, drinking, smoking, spending hours in front of the TV or surfing the internet? These common coping behaviors may provide temporary relief, but you know they will never provide a long-term solution to stress. The human body responds to stress with a fight-or-flight reaction. Hormones surge through the body, causing the heart to pump faster and sending extra supplies of energy into the bloodstream. Historically, this emergency response system was useful; it enabled people to survive immediate physical threats, like an attack from a wild animal. But today, the stress in most people's lives comes from the more psychological and seemingly endless financial pressures of modern day life.1 Are you facing; managing your finances for the first time, growing credit card debt, spending more than you earn, financing your expenses/debts using some form of other debt like a loan or a home equity line of credit, using your savings or retirement funds to pay your bills, facing costly home repair expenses, divorce or not having enough money to pay the mortgage payment plus all your other bills at the end of each month? It is common that people experience anxiety, fear, frustration, a sense of loneliness and hopelessness as debt piles up and increasing amounts of money are needed just to pay the interest. All of these situations can turn on the stress hormones and because these conditions don't go away, the hormones don't shut off. Instead of helping you survive, this kind of stress response can actually make you sick. 1