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Protecting your wellbeing

Protecting what matters also involves looking after your wellbeing. For many, this starts with ways to be physically healthy, but considering ways to support your mental and financial health are equally important.

Money and mental health

Worrying about money is very common, and doesn’t just affect people who are short of money or who have debts they find hard to manage. In fact, money worries can affect anyone, regardless of their financial wellbeing, and this can have an impact on mental health.

There are lots of signs to look out for, but here are a few of the most common behaviors that indicate that your relationship with money is affecting your health and wellbeing:

  • You spend money you can’t really afford to make yourself feel better.
  • You feel anxious whenever you spend money, even if it’s on essential, everyday items.
  • Your sleep is suffering because you're worrying about money.
  • You continually reassess what income or savings you need to give yourself peace of mind.
  • You avoid answering the phone or opening your mail, in case it's someone chasing you for money.

 

If money worries are affecting your health, you should seek help from a doctor, or qualified medical practitioner, as soon as possible. You can also try some of these healthy practices designed to protect your wellbeing:

  1. Facing your challenges - Get help to face up to money worries and problems with debt. Seek advice from your bank, lender a financial adviser or a debt charity to help you prioritize your debts.
  2. Staying active - Physical activity can improve your mood, and there are plenty of forms of exercise you can do without spending any money.
  3. Keeping up your social life - Trusted friends and family are there to help at times like these, so make sure you stay in touch.
  4. Talking about money - Talking about money can be good for you, and may help you manage your stress. It’s good for your mental health and your relationships. It will also help you to plan your financial future more effectively.

Mindful spending

Mindfulness is the practice of “focusing on one's awareness in the present moment”, and it's increasingly used as a treatment for common mental health problems, such as stress, anxiety and depression.

These same principles are embedded in the practice of mindful spending, which is about consciously thinking about your spending habits, and being mindful of the association they have with your emotions. The idea is that if you question the motivation behind each purchase you make, you'll save money, and benefit your lifestyle and wellbeing at the same time.
 

If you want to give mindful spending a try, ask yourself these questions each time you're about to make a purchase:

  • What is my reason for making this purchase?
  • What do I hope to get or achieve from buying it?
  • Is this purchase making up for something lacking in my life?
  • Is there a cheaper alternative that would serve my purposes just as well? Why might I be better served by buying the more expensive option?

 

Mindful spending is a great habit to get into and can help you to improve your relationship with money and become financially fit. You'll find plenty more help with ways to become financially fit here

Health insurance

When considering ways to look after yourself, insurance policies are available that will protect both your physical and mental health. Health insurance policies differ widely, but can cover the cost of surgery and in-patient treatment, the cost of your stay in hospital, as well as out-patient treatment, appointments with specialists and consultants, and the cost of diagnostic or follow-up tests.
 

Some health insurance policies include provision for other medical support including dental care, eye care, physiotherapy, mental health support and pregnancy or maternity services.

* Health insurance is not presently offered through HSBC in the US

HSBC has partnered with Everfi to create a series of modules on a variety of topics, including Savings, Banking, Credit Cards & Interest Rates, Credit Scores, Financing Higher Education, Renting vs. Owning, Taxes and Insurance, Consumer Protection, and Investing, giving you the tools to better manage your financial future. We hope these interactive digital modules can support your choices.

 

 

Additionally, HSBC has created the YourMoneyCounts financial wellness program which is presented by HSBC staff to the community in a classroom setting. Participant workbooks covering Budgeting, Credit, and Identity Theft and a budgeting worksheet are found through the YourMoneyCount link above. This program was created in partnership with the national nonprofit Greenpath Financial Wellness,  and they provide free individualized support focused on your personal situation and financial wellness.