By “watching out,” we don’t mean on the lookout for criminals or crime. There are some essential elements to consider for protecting your mental and monetary well-being. Keep an eye on You: how you feel, what you’re thinking, and how your daily life goes. Keeping track of these seemingly small things will add up and make a big difference. Establishing healthy habits and planning for the future will protect you from added stress and frustration–and ultimately improve your quality of life.
Watch out for yourself by making sure your body is functional and healthy. Physical health and mental health go hand in hand. Get your regular checkups! They’re incredibly important for catching diseases early and checking up on your vitals. The importance of diet and exercise are stressed so often, they’ve almost become a cliche. But cliches are cliches for a reason. A healthy diet will help you live longer. Regular exercise will improve your quality of life as you age. Invest your time and energy now in creating habits that will sustain you through your entire life.
Get a lawyer
Just as we make a point to have a family doctor, we should also keep a preferred lawyer on hand. We think we need an attorney only when things get really rough, but the reality is lawyers can help keep other legal matters in line, and even help you avoid getting in a rough patch in the first place. If you have a business, your lawyer can help with contracts and other legal matters to make sure everything is up par. There are plenty of out there who will also make sure they are available to you at any time. Your lawyer will also help you look out for touchy subjects, such as writing your will.
Risky can be fun, but be careful!
While it’s exciting to get a new T.V., car, or other splurge, it’s important to make sure the fun is worth the cost. Being shackled by debt or risking your credit score for luxury items will end up making your life harder and more stressful in the long run. On the other hand, some services and items that improve the quality of your life are worth the investment. For instance, even though going to a casino and choosing to gamble carries obvious risks, many casinos along the lines of offer restaurants and fun events, and they can be a flat-out fun way to have a good time with friends–which is in itself a good way to look out for your mental health.
Whether you prefer the secular or the religious, you should make time for your soul (or your mind; whatever speaks to you). Regular activities such as meditation (or prayer), volunteering, and reading meaningful works will help give your heart and soul a sense of peace and perspective–a trust in the larger scheme of things. You might keep a journal of positive thoughts or a list of self-affirmations that you read every day to promote self-respect and a positive outlook on life.