I think it is wonderful that Financial Literacy Awareness Month and Stress Awareness Month are both in the month of April. I think it makes perfect sense because money is the number one source of stress in people today according to the APA’s Stress in America report.
Money came in ahead of relationships, family, health, and job stability. In a recent poll on Stress 7 out of 10 people said they were “very stressed” about money.
So how does the financial stress we are feeling affect our health? Stress can lead to health problems. It can affect your cellular level and if stress is long term it can lead to many illnesses. Extreme stress or stress over long periods of time (called chronic stress) can damage your emotional and physical health. When was the last time you had trouble sleeping, struggled with tiredness, headaches, backaches, upset stomach or irritability? Did you know that these are all symptoms of chronic stress?