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Income Related Stress and Health Issues

Updated on March 4, 2015

The saying, “Money rules the world” holds true for humans since, with the help of cash; man is able to possess the riches and comforts existing on this planet. Thus, money is symbolizing the resources man is able to obtain besides his daily bread, and that gives him a status in the society.

No wonder, man is always ambitious to make money since; the world revolves around money, materialism, and status. A man is no more identified by his deeds, but he is identified by what car he drives (if he can afford any) or what kind of clothes he adorns himself.

If there was no concept of money; we would not be thinking about it all the time. Looking back at ice age when man was happy leading a vagabond life. He would wander where the animals would go and would tend to his garden for vegetables.


Stress would not be living with us, as a result, our life would be uncluttered and manageable.

“A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement”
Jess C. Scott

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.”
Winston S. Churchill

Health, Stress, Money

Health and stress are interlinked. Money is the cause of all this. Still we strive to earn it every day. We wake up every morning and think of the deadlines lined up. We want to run away from it, but then money rules the world, and we have to pay our mortgages, grocery bills, child's education and the pile is never ending. That makes us drag out of the bed and pour some extra strong caffeine into our system, hoping that this cup will make us extra alert to finish what we have to.

“You must learn to let go. Release the stress. You were never in control anyway.”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time.”
Leonard Bernstein

“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Amit Ray, Om Chanting and Meditation

Why are we running after money?

The reason we are running after money is that we have increased our liabilities in this life. Man is a hungry machine. He invents and then wants to possess it. Possession does not come easy. With the inflation, the amount we need is more than the amount we earn. This results in loan. Then comes the stress to get another job so that the loan can be paid off. This circle becomes vicious where stress can induce so many health concerns in man.

These days no matter how much income, a man is earning; it is not enough since; his hobbies and passion for materialistic things becomes wider. Thus, the issues of stress and health keep bogging him, and eventually he spends his whole life running after money.

What does money do?

Obsession of it can make a Man sick.

There are some who think that middle age is the time to work hard, and earn money, and when old age comes, they will retire rich and enjoy the bounties of nature. Alas, time does not wait for anybody and the stress that a person has accumulated over the year’s sprouts out.

Today man is facing physical and psychological stress that is damaging the immune system, and opening doors to a wide range of diseases. Depression and anxiety are common disorders observed almost everywhere.

Is there a solution?

There are a couple of ways that we could try to adapt:

  • We should learn to be satisfied with what we have, rather than yearn for things that we do not have.
  • Use money as your tool to make your life and not make an aim of our life to earn money.
  • Draw a line over your expenses and consider your needs versus your wants and you will realize that whatever income you earn, will lead you a Life, which is lived in Happiness and Satisfaction, and that will Pay Off in the Long Run by avoiding the stress.


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      6 years ago from Dehra Dun, India

      Ruchira, I agree with you that stress accompanying generating income leads to health problems. Tragedy is that while young many of us try to earn maximum and go beyond our capacities and earn stress in the process. And many earn certain conditions in the body which continue to eat up the money earned during all those years. Contentment and the judicious use of money are the only solutions. Thanks for sharing your views on this subject. Voted up.

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      Maggie Griess 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ruchira, love this Hub. To think, there are still some tribes in the wilderness who are perfectly content without money. Of course they live in warm climates with plentiful food around...but they are not tied down to all the material "stuff" we "must have". They travel

      We spend all our lives toiling, killing ourselves acquiring more stuff and yet not one of us is ever taking any of it with us after we finish this short life span.

      Should make us all think...Is money really worth all that work?

      I certainly have decided "keeping up with the Jones" is totally useless and live my life according to my own expectations... healthy food, adequate shelter and the company of good people. So much less stress!

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      So much wisdom in this hub Ruchira!!!

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      There is a limit to everything in life and sometimes certain people go over their limits about money. Their lives become stressful only if they make it so. An excellent opinion on money.

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      Michelle Liew 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      In the context of today, money is necessary for survival, but I always say that we should never be obsessed to the point that we only live for earning it. That would be wrong and silly. Thanks for sharing, Ruchira, well said.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Today we have an increase in stress related syndrome and illness due to the recession. You said it well with "Today man is facing physical and psychological stress that is damaging the immune system, and opening doors to a wide range of diseases. Depression and anxiety are common disorders observed almost everywhere" Stress does settle down in to the immune system if not dealt with properly. Well done!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Indian Guru Osho says, when you don't have money, you think money will buy you happiness, however, when you have money, you don't seek happiness but brood on how to earn more money.

      It is true that money means a lot, but many time money is not everything.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      This is so true. People work so hard for money, are stressed out, and that is often what kills them. We all need to live simpler lives. Great hub. Makes one think!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree Ruchira. When is enough, enough? Being greedy is a stressful life, i would think. Cheers...

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Ruch this is helpful thank you for the share :)

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      Marc Hubs 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is a great hub. However, I don't necessarily think we would be stress-free without money. We still would have evolved, the industrial revolution would have still happened, etc but value would be based on material assets rather than currency.

      This also got me thinking about the RFID chip conspiracy theory - microchips in your hand so there is no need for currency. It will soon be law in UK (if it isn't already) to have all dogs microchipped. I don't know if was a hoax but I also saw a document containing legislation for the Obamacare initiative and it stated that all new-born babies from a certain date onwards were to be microchipped by law - that's scary stuff... if it's true!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      6 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, wise words and thoughts. Money is the root cause of stress and related ailments. Great write.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Arlene and I fell into the "money trap" when our "long honeymoon" was over. We never got rich but in around 1992 we learned to live money free. We didn't allow money to run our life.

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      Marie Hurt 

      6 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Money is very much tied into stress. And stress is a killer. Everyone is obsessed with money and forget to recognize what is really important in life. Voted up.

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      6 years ago

      ruchira, i never knew that money would be related to health issues but i did have some idea that money would be related to stress. nice hub you have written here. voted up.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great advice and you bet stress causes health concerns. I can tell you for sure that I will never die of stress-related disease. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      We need to try to live within our means by being thrifty. I try and live a frugal life like I was brought up and taught to do. I wrote a Hub about that. We are such a wasteful people.

      Money is the main cause of marital problems and many other problems.

      You gave some good advice on this Hub.

      Voted UP, and shared.


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