There’s a symbiotic relationship between financial health and physical health…
In terms of science, BOTH are essential for MENTAL HEALTH. Here’s the last sentence that defines Symbiotic Relationship, “𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙫𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙖 𝙗𝙖𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙘𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙣𝙡𝙮 𝙗𝙚 𝙖𝙘𝙝𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙙 𝙗𝙮 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧“.
Bingo. Here’s something else that puts it into perspective
If you want to have great financial health and better physical health, you have to ask yourself, “how bad do I want it”? Speaking from experience on both, YOU HAVE TO WANT IT. You have to stop at nothing to achieve it.
I didn’t understand this until 6 years ago. Once I decided enough was enough I took back control of my physical health. I poured everything I had into making that change. At the time, we lived in Hattiesburg, MS in our small apartment while Meredith was working on her Doctorate and I would RUN STAIRS, Run around the entire apartment complex 3-4 days a week. Mile by mile I got faster, I lost weight, & made a lifestyle change. Having clear thought processes, navigating tough decisions, and overcoming challenges, was HARD before I made that lasting change. Along with the physical changes…the biggest and best change brought mental clarity to my life.
You Have to Want IT
Financial health can be achieved similarly, but through methods of self-education, independent research, reviewing your expenses vs your income, and focusing heavily on paying off all debts while building your retirement. You have to WANT it. This is something we knew we needed, but didn’t know how to get there. While we haven’t made it to the goal yet, our financial health is significantly healthier today than it was 2 years ago!
Having both financial and physical health = mental health. We found that we needed both for balance in our lives and we work to keep both as top priorities DAILY!
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants” —Epictetus.