Financial well-being is more important than you think. We all know that financial stress can be a burden, but it can also have a negative effect on your health. Understanding the relationship between financial and physical health can help you improve both areas of your life.
Financial stress can often cause anxiety, depression, and hopelessness, and that stress can also contribute to heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, more frequent colds and minor illnesses and more. Plus, it's not uncommon to cope with financial stress in unhealthy ways, such as smoking, drinking, and over-eating which can decrease overall health.
Here are some healthy ways to cope with that stress and make it more manageable:
Recognize unhealthy coping methods and seek alternatives, such as meditation, going for a walk, exercising, or talking with a friend.
Make yourself a priority. Get enough sleep, eat right, get your body moving, and drink plenty of water. Make time for yourself to just relax and unwind.
Our Employee Assistance Provider, EFR, can connect you with a certified financial expert for a free, 30-minute telephonic consultation, including common financial concerns of debt management, budgeting, bankruptcy, loans, and anything else related to money or financial concerns. An EFR financial consultant can be reached by calling 1-800-327-4692.
Additionally, be sure to take time to connect with our employee assistance provider, EFR, regarding mental health support. Through dialog, counselors can help you with understanding the moment of time that you are in, understanding reactions, validating responses and providing stress management tools and resources. Through GreenState's program, staff are allows up to 6 free sessions per issue per year of in-person counseling with a licensed mental health therapist near your home or work. Each family member is eligible. Counselors can be reached at 1-800-327-4692, or visit the website at www.efr.org/eap-counseling/.*
For more detailed information about GreenState's EAP plan please check out all of the details on the EAP page on the Work Life tab of the Benefits Portal.
*Anytime you encounter a log-in indicator on the website, please enter GreenState Credit Union to indicate your employee relationship.