By Alane Stieglitz, ND, CNC,
Whether you believe it or not, better health and your finances are linked in numerous ways. A bad snack habit can lead to excessive weight gain, and if this habit is continued long term, it can inflate the cost of your health care. Stress is another significant link that tends to be a four-lane major highway with north- and south-bound lanes.
Here are six tips you can put into practice TODAY for better health.
1. Get consistent deep, restful nights of sleep.A whole night’s sleep has been linked to 5% higher pay. Stressing about money means more sick days from work. Taking charge of our body and health will positively impact our finances, mood, and overall health and life.
2. Regular exercise is for better health! When you are fit and healthy, you can reduce your overall stress and cut health care costs.
According to a 2016 survey by the National Business Group on Health and Fidelity Investments, 84% of companies plan to continue or expand workplace wellness programs over the next few years. You can earn an average of about $650 for taking part, plus you may get access to free or low-cost coaching and classes. Companies have started to look at investing in their employee’s well-being the same way they look at training.
3. Self Care For Better Health! Your health is your wealth; you can only give what you have. If you are stressed, tired, and always playing catch up, someone will suffer, work, family, or friends. Putting yourself first allows you to serve others better, and making sure to do some self-care can help you feel healthier and happier.
4. Reduce financial pressures for better health! Set a plan to relieve financial pressures. Create a budget and stick to it. Knowing where every penny is going can help you see any holes in your financial buckets. Choosing to plug the gaps in your budget rather than pour more can allow you to fill your bucket even at a trickle. One program that I enjoyed was Dave Ramsey’s financial wellness program. I highly recommend it.
5. Maintain a food diary to help you stay within your food budget. We tend to be grazers and convenience eaters. It is easy to spend $20 and 1350 calories on drinks alone during the day, a morning latte, soda at lunch, energy drinks in the afternoon. Not to mention the office break room or the snacks in the kitchen if you work from home. Eating smart and healthy can alleviate the financial stress of unmonitored grazing and help reduce your waistline. I call it “Know Your Numbers.” Knowing what we eat and the calories, amount of protein, carbs, fats, and fibers allow us to see what we are eating in a new light.
6) Going to the grocery store with a handwritten list and sticking to that list helps reduce stress and supports better health. The healthiest grocery shopping I do is when I use Instacart and drive to the store, and the clerks put my groceries in my car. That prevents aisle shopping and buying things I do not need. This habit saves money, time, and energy.
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