Made to Move
DEREK NOLAND, M.P.H., Community Liaison
With the holiday season in the rearview mirror, financial wellness is at the forefront of many people’s minds. Regardless of whether you celebrated a holiday or exchanged gifts, finances are typically in the spotlight as one year ends and a new begins. And unfortunately, for far too many of us, thinking about our financial picture can lead to a great deal of stress and trepidation.
Yes, there are steps we can take to improve the bottom line of our financial wellness. Taking on side work, investing wisely, going back to school, working diligently for a raise, and finding ways to cut back are all valid ways of doing so. That being said, there are limitations to the effectiveness of these strategies as it pertains to the big picture; vastly changing one’s financial situation over a short period of time is not usually realistic. Generally speaking, a long-term approach to improving one’s financial wellness is the most effective and more likely to yield positive results. But, in a society that continues to become increasingly focused on the immediate and present, this approach can contrast with the way we think about most things, and ultimately impact our overall wellness. So, what can we do to navigate this challenge?