Life can be so stressful at times, especially for woman. Typically the responsibilities for the children, household, finances and everything else in between fall on our shoulders. When we go through transitions, whether they be separation, divorce or something else, these stresses can sometimes be compounded and seem overwhelming. The key to maintaining a healthy you, is to focus on every aspect of your being. Think of healthy living like the spokes on a bicycle wheel. Each has a very important role to play and keeps the rim strong and moving onward. The spokes actually transfer the power you are generating with your legs to make the bicycle move forward. If any one of those spokes is weak, the entire wheel is at risk. The path to finding the healthy, active inner Body in U is clearly marked and includes nutritional, emotional, physical, social and financial well-being.
Everyone knows how important exercise and good nutrition are to reduce stress but often times, we only include these two spokes in our quest for happiness and fulfillment. Eating good food in moderation fuels our bodies and gives us the energy we need to strengthen the other spokes in our lives. Exercising regularly provides countless benefits including weight loss, lower blood pressure, improved mood, increased stamina and a more fulfilling sex life. While good nutrition and exercise are critical, they are only two parts of the wheel. Finding a healthy balance is also critical. Learning how to balance work/life can be challenging; especially when so many women in transition find themselves facing huge financial stresses and worries.
Emotional health is impacted greatly by these stresses and must also be a focus of your overall health plan. It is paramount that you keep yourself as mentally healthy as possible. So many things can affect our mental health including depression, anxiety and stress. Positive thinking is crucial. The power of positive thinking can change and improve your life. Maintaining a positive attitude keeps you moving down the path of success. Try and eliminate negative thoughts immediately and replace them with proactive, positive messages. Unfortunately, negativity is often kicked into high gear during times of transition which is even more reason to make sure we eat well, exercise and maintain strong social connections.
Bottom line: Often the bottom line is the thing that stresses and worries us the most. How can I make ends meet? How can I survive on our own? How will the transition affect my overall financial outlook? These are all valid and scary questions that most, if not all, women in transition face. When our finances are under control and we have a plan; stress and worry are reduced exponentially. In some ways, it could be argued that the financial aspect of our well-being is the most important one to master. Many women spend their lives with a partner; combining money and building a future. When that shifts, income is reduced drastically as is the type of living many of us had become accustomed to. Suddenly we are worrying about financial issues – short and long term and it can be extremely overwhelming.
The best way to reduce worry and stress is to develop a solid financial plan. If you’re not sure where to start, you are not alone. Reach out and take advantage of the social and emotional connections you have developed and let others help you. Strong financial health keeps all the other spokes up and running. It is so much easier to focus on eating well, resting, exercising, and socializing when your finances are in order and you are in control. Stress and worry are reduced and we begin to realize our whole selves – embracing the Body in U.