What happens when you think about money? If you tense up and your heart skips a beat, you’re not alone. More than four in 10 Canadians (42%)This link opens in a new tab say money is their greatest stress.
And, while some stress is fine, chronic stress has been linkedThis link opens in a new tab to:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Immune complications
- Unhealthy habits such as smoking and excessive drinking
So the stress we feel about money—day after day and year after year—has the potential to undermine our physical health.
On the other hand, healthy finances can lead to a healthier life. In a recent surveyThis link opens in a new tab, people who said they are financially prepared were:
- Almost 24% more likely to exercise one or more hours a week
- Almost 25% more likely to say they are “very healthy”
Three things you can do to improve your financial preparedness and health are:
1. Have a strategy
You can improve more than your finances with a financial strategy that charts the course from where you are to where you want to be. You can also enjoy:
- Better financial well-being
- Better emotional well-being
- More overall contentment
- less stress the more prepared you are
2. Manage debt
If you’re concerned about your household debt, consider that Canadians are carrying a grand total debt of $1.933 trillion in mortgages, loans, lines of credit and credit card balances. And it’s important to know research links high levels of debt to depression and higher blood pressure. The good news is that you can become debt-free sooner with a debt management strategy you create with your financial advisor.
3. Save for the future
Have you saved enough for retirement? About 60% of Canadians are worried they haven’t. To boost your retirement savings talk to your financial advisor about your options.
Healthy finances do lead to a healthier life
Taking steps towards better financial preparedness can help you feel more in control and relieve stress. And, as you start making progress towards your goals, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you’re minimizing health risks.
To help you manage debt and save, you can start your financial strategy with a financial advisor.