Don't get me wrong. I don't feel like money is the most important thing in the world. It can certainly cause as many problems, if not more, than it can fix. What I'm talking about is the ability to manage funds responsibly, make informed financial decisions and plan for the future. All of these skills can help reduce stress so we are more motivated to be mindful of the various other determinants of health.
We often figure these things out on our own, eventually, whether or not we are faced with a serious financial reality check - like destroying our credit in college, yikes!. If we brush our teeth, eat vegetables and exercise to keep our bodies healthy, why not apply preventative measures in this aspect of our lives as well? Why not teach children about financial responsibility early in life? Why not keep a budget and plan for future events like vacation or retirement?
Money can definitely be a touchy subject for many of us. It is very private and often has a lot of emotions surrounding it. Because of this, I suggest starting small - keeping a budget, reviewing spending habits, saving money when and where you can. If you need help, I trust a wonderful Bay Area Financial Planner - Jessica Lanning.
She is kind, personable, extensively credentialed, knows her stuff AND will help you develop plans that suit your needs specifically. She even offers a complimentary first session to assess your financial situation and make sure you are the right fit to work together. She is committed to your success and will help you find the right resources.
Check out Jessica's blog: Here is my favorite post on teaching kids how to manage money as they get older.
Here's to your (financial) health,