Why Health Is Wealth

by Mike on June 8, 2017

Why Health Is Wealth

Money cannot buy you health or happiness, but being healthy can actually save you money according to many studies. The connection between health and wealth means that people with better health are generally wealthier. Interestingly people with lower incomes have poorer health which makes this relationship between health and wealth a little bit like the chicken and the egg dilemma. Nonetheless, staying healthy is incredibly important and should be a priority for anyone, especially if you want to enjoy increased financial benefits as well as the physical and mental ones.

Illness in the workplace can be incredibly costly, both for employers and employees. Choosing to look after yourself is the best investment you can make, and extends far beyond your own personal gain, as a nation of healthy people is a nation of productive people. If therefore, the consequences of personal health are so far reaching, then why do so many of us struggle to balance our wellbeing with our work life and long-term career goals? Making the decision to step back and evaluate what you can do to live a healthier lifestyle and enhance your productivity is something that all of us should do, but perhaps haven’t got around to as of yet. If you want to live a happier, healthier lifestyle, without compromising your career goals, then choosing to act now is imperative.

There are many ways to take control and invest in your health. Some of the simplest changes can have long-term positive impacts on your personal happiness as well as your career. Several ways in which your health can either increase or decrease your financial security and sense of well-being are listed below.

Don’t suffer burnout

You might spend your twenties and thirties focusing on your career and constructing a plan for your future, but if you do not look after your health it is likely that twenty, maybe even ten years down the line you will suffer from burn-out. Good health, on the other hand, can give you stamina and means that you can stay longer in the workforce, focusing on the things that are important to you.

Skip sick days

A healthy lifestyle means fewer days off work, which in turns means more time spent focusing on your career and finances rather than staying in and having to nurse a cold. More time spent sick at home can also impact you financially if you have to take extended sick leave without pay, or indeed, pay for medical bills.

Be more productive

Going to bed earlier can lead to more productivity the next day. This sound like an obvious statement, but is one that many people, particularly those in the business world simply do not do. According to many studies, 1 in 3 people do not get enough sleep, which in the business world is likely to be considerably more. Late nights spent working can have terrible consequences on your health and can lead to a range of health issues. Health matters aside, working late can also do exactly the opposite of what you intend and result in a decrease in general productivity. It is actually better to get at least eight hours sleep in order to be productive the next day, rather than staying up late to work more.

Fuel yourself with fruits and veggies

Fuelling yourself with the right foods and drinks is one of the easiest ways to stay on top of your game. While stimulants, such as energy drinks and coffee might give you a quick energy boost, it will also give you a crash and can lead to burnout. Reliance on stimulants often comes as a result of late nights, overworking and not consuming the right nutrition. Instead of choosing to fuel yourself with nutritionally empty stimulants, in particular energy drinks which also carry certain health risks, try instead to up your consumption of fruits and vegetables and reduce the number of stimulants you consume each day.

Sharpen your mental focus

Mental health is just as important as physical health, particularly if you have a job where you have to be sharp and on the ball. Depression and anxiety are some of the most common conditions in the workforce and can have the ability to rob you of sleep, your focus and even your ability to communicate. Chronic stress is also linked to a whole host of physical illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, and stroke. This is why the importance of looking after your mental health cannot be underestimated. Exercise, on the other hand, is actually shown to boost your mood, release endorphins, and also reduces stress. Many people also swear by meditation and practicing mindfulness, as a way to sharpen their focus and de-stress.

Keep fit while saving money

Save money by walking, cycling or running to work. It might not sound like a huge financial saving, however, small changes can make big impacts in the long term. Paying for car insurance, tax, petrol and the numerous other expenses that a car owner faces, can make a considerable dent in your finances. For the smart and economically savvy, this a way to kill two birds with one stone, keeping fit while also cutting costs.

Protect your assets

Avoiding ill health means that you can cut the costs of healthcare, medicine, and the financial strain that time off work may cause.  Of course, there are times when ill health is unavoidable, say when you have been in an accident. In this case, the savviest thing you can do is to try and not let it have an impact on you financially. Rest is important as well as investing in a Personal Injury Lawyer if needed.

Enjoy your golden years

The added incentive of living a healthy lifestyle is that you can enjoy the fruits of your labor well into your golden years. What is the point of having spent most of your life building yourself up only to suffer a heart attack when you are at the peak of your career, or ready to wind down and take a step back.

 

 

 

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