Don't Ignore Your Mental Health

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While some of the stigma around mental health has started to fade, it is still a subject that is not talked about often enough.  Mental health is possibly the most important piece of our health. According to Mental Health America,

  • 1 in 5 Adults have a mental health condition

    • 56% of the adults with the mental health condition do not receive treatment

  • Rate of youth experiencing a mental health condition continues to rise

    • The rate of youth with Major Depressive Episode increased from 11.93% to 12.63%.

    • 63% of youth with mental health conditions are left with little or no treatment

What can we do to develop good mental health:

  • Talk to friends

  • Exercise Regularly

  • Tell people how you feel

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Participate in things that make you happy

  • Recognize what triggers your stress

  • Recognize your negative thoughts and challenge them

  • Eat well and avoid processed foods

Get out of the Desert!

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Two vital things that would make our lives better, water and an emergency fund.  Unfortunately, we are leaving ourselves out in the desert when it comes to both.

According to Chicago Sun Times, more than 75% of Americans are dehydrated and setting themselves up for future problems. The No. 1 cause of midday fatigue is dehydration.  Every time you feel that way, drink a full glass of water.’ You have more energy when you drink water throughout the day and it helps with concentration and short-term memory.”

Here are some ways to avoid dehydration:

  • Add water to your morning routine

  • Limit your caffeine intake

  • Juice drinks, soda, and sports drinks do not count

  • For every non-water beverage, have a glass of water

In addition to being dehydrated, CNN Money reports that only 18% of Americans have a three to six month emergency fund.  An emergency fund is vital to our long-term financial health and aids us in being prepared for the “unexpected” things we should expect.  Being prepared helps us sleep better at night and keeps us out of credit card debt.

Here are some ways to increase your savings.

  • Set a savings goal

  • Set up an automatic draft to savings

  • Cut costs

  • Make it a priority

Be the Tortoise, Not the Hare

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Where are you in meeting your health and wealth goals? It is easy to get burnt out and feel like meeting our goals is taking longer than it should.  Don’t get discouraged by a slower than expected pace, life happens and we should always take progress over perfection. Just keep going forward and focus on your plan. And remember the tortoise wins the race, not the hare!