Your physical and emotional health significantly impact your financial health (and vice versa) but I’ve noticed that most financial gurus overlook this relationship.

When I first moved to Chicago money was very tight, and I had trouble managing my expenses. I eventually took on a second job to help ease the financial burden, but I found myself overworked and exhausted every day.

On top of that, I was in a way malnourished. I rarely had time for a real meal so I would just grab whatever I could find. Have you ever had a diet coke and a bag of potato chips for dinner? I have. I don’t recommend it.

For about a year, my diet staples were coffee, soda, chips, and candy. Pizza, burgers, and burrito bowls from Chipotle were also a mainstay.

I knew I wasn’t healthy, but I was able to work two jobs, and still had the energy to hang out with friends and take a computer class. Changing my diet didn’t seem urgent.

Eventually, though, my body couldn’t take it anymore. I began having trouble focusing, was always tired, and was struggling with energy; which made working two jobs hard.

Most people separate health and personal finance, but my experience the two are connected. If you want to get out of debt, save for a new car, or build up an emergency fund, don’t just consider ways to increase your income and decrease your expenses. Think about how you can also maintain your health. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living, where you do it, or when if you’re unhealthy you won’t be able to do it for very long, and that can severely impact your finances.

Once I started focusing on my heath-eating real meals, getting more sleep and exercising-working more than 40 hours a week wasn’t difficult. It isn’t fun, but it’s doable, and I still have enough energy to have fun which is necessary to remain sane.

No matter what your financial goals remember to focus on your health just as much as your checking account.

Have you ever thought about the relationship between your personal finances and your health?

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