Health & Wellness Magazine HealthQuest Winter 2019 - Page 8

THREE MONEY STRESSORS ARE THESE 3 MONEY STRESSORS AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH? BY SCOTT AND BETHANY PALMER THE MONEY COUPLE WHEN YOU make goals to improve your health does your bank account come to mind? a plan to address the following three money stressors affecting your health. Most people don’t realize that money stressors affect your health. And apparently, a lot of people are “unhealthy”. People lie to their spouse about money. A lot of people. We won’t ask you to raise your hands, but be honest – about your honesty when it comes to money. The American Psychological Association published a survey reporting that 62 percent of Americans are stressed about money. And stacks and stacks of medical studies show that stress is unhealthy for you. Are you 100 percent honest with your spouse about your finances? So, before you lace up your running shoes or grab your yoga mat, make 8 1. Lying about your money to your spouse. At The Money Couple we call, “Any lying, cheating, or hoarding money inside a relationship” financial infidelity. Sound bad? Well, it is. And there are, unfortunately, lots of ways to commit it: hiding receipts, dishonest answers to questions, secret credit cards, hidden debt, secret stash of cash, private loans to friends, secret accounts. A survey by CreditCards.com found one in five Americans in a relationship admits they have spent $500 or more without their partner’s knowledge AND almost 10 percent of respondents admitted to having an entirely secret account. Reef Karim, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience says, “You begin to physically feel the