Worries about money can have an impact on our mental health. Vice versa, mental health can affect how we manage our money. This can lead to a vicious cycle. A great number of people in problem debt also face mental health challenges.
So what are some ways you can try to strike a balance between your money and your mental health?
Keeping a journal 📖
There are countless benefits of putting our thoughts on paper (or Notes App) which include; reduction in stress, improvement in emotional functions and immune system to list a few. When there are thoughts, worries, or fears rushing at us, the first best step is to organise them before we can start dissecting them!
Embrace Nature 🌴
Not by thought, but an experience!
Studies have shown that people living near water generally report better mental health and wellbeing. "The mere sight and sound of water can induce a flood of neurochemicals that promote wellness, increase blood flow to the brain and heart and induce relaxation." Green spaces are also known to improve mental health. Plant moms and dads are more likely to have better mental health.
Positive vibes always 😌
We're exposed to more information than ever before, and constantly consuming negative information can unknowingly put us in bad mental states or lead to spiralling. Make an effort to watch or read something positive. Better yet, writing down something we're grateful for - small or big, it doesn't matter! These help keep the vibes positive at all times
Staying physically active 🏃🏾♂️
The covid lockdown thought us a lot about exercise and wellness. Whether it's walking around our neighbourhood for a few minutes, playing a team sport, or jogging. If you like to listen to your favourite playlist, podcast or audiobook while at it, go ahead and move.
Recharging our brain 💆🏾
Always much easier said than done - a good night's sleep has wondrous effects on both our emotional stability and cognition functions. Research shows that sleep and mental health are intertwined. Sleep disturbances can exacerbate mental health issues, while mental health issues can also contribute to poor sleep. Struggling to get to sleep? Meditation videos, classical music, or white noise can be helpful.
Ahhhh... Finesse! 🤳🏾
You’ve worked hard for your money, you spend long hours at work, and you have many plans. Yes, but sometimes you need to take some cash, time and energy out of your busy schedule to relax. Your mental health should be seen as an investment, i.e. taking the time to engage in these activities might feel time-consuming in the short run, but in the long term, it means being healthier and happier for longer, and is a more sustainable way to live and be present for the people we love! Ama Shana e go bright o!