Stress comes from a huge variety of scenarios. Work life, home life, family and friends can all cause stress.
However arguably the most common form of stress comes from financial. The average amount of debt being carried by people is heavier than ever. That debt and the stress that comes from financial worries carries a heavy bill, not just to the wallet, but to a person’s health.
Thankfully there are ways to reduce the stress that people feel in regards to their finances. The first step is making sure their bank is providing services they need and not causing additional problems through excessive fees. There’s a wide variety of services that a bank can provide that will make both finances and the body feel healthier.
Dangers of Financial Stress
Stress can be a catch all term to some people to describe difficult moments in their life. However, stress is more than that. When people talk about stress, really they are talking about chronic stress. The body can handle stress. It just can’t do it all the time.
People who are constantly undergoing stress may have it manifest itself in a variety of different symptoms. People can have many physical manifestations of stress like headaches or upset stomach. People can struggle to sleep. One of the most common and troublesome symptoms that can appear is high blood pressure or hypertension. The links between high blood pressure and serious medical issues like heart disease are well established.
Stress also plays a serious role in mental health as well. People who suffer from depression, anxiety or panic attacks need to avoid high levels of stress. It can easily exacerbate these conditions and cause additional mental instability.
How to Build Credit and Avoid Debt
When trying to build credit for the first time, you can get a secured credit card. These are protected investments against a deposit amount that is placed when the credit card is taken. The amount placed as a deposit will usually function as a credit limit.
There are also credit-builder loans. These loans reverse the normal order of operations. The loan is paid back first, then the money is released. It’s arguably more of a mandatory savings arrangement, but the payments are reported to credit agencies as loan payments.
The key when building credit is to start early before it’s specifically needed. Don’t take on credit cards with huge interest rates and high credit limits early. The temptation can be there to take on too much too early. Then it’s easy to get a second credit card to pay off the first. This results in a spiral of debt and a spiral of constant stress.
Important Banking Services
There are many different services that a bank can offer. Some are designed to store a person’s money. Some are designed to make them more money. Others are designed to provide money to people through credit services. There’s plenty of banking services that can help a person control their finances and. Some of these include:
- Checking Accounts - These are intended for day to day activities and transactions.
- Savings Accounts - These accounts offer higher levels of interest on the money that’s been deposited into them.
- Debit Cards - Transactions can be performed directly from a bank account with these cards.
- Credit Cards - Banks offer credit cards through the major credit cards like Mastercard, Visa and American Express and are perfect for online purchasing.
- Lines of Credit - A line of credit is credit based funds that can be accessed by the owner as needed.
- Investment Advice - Many banks have financial advisors that can assist in helping design investments for growth or for retirement.