Last week we dove into the similarities between debt and obesity, issues that stem from the misuse of food and money. It all boils down to how you think about them. Do you eat and spend emotionally or because you’re bored? Here are a few things that will help you change your mindset and gain control over your eating and spending habits.
- Necessity- Think about food as fuel. It’s not a reward or a crutch. Associating eating with emotional fulfillment will lead to weight gain. The same can go for money. Money is necessary to obtain food, clothing and shelter but not happiness.
- Monitor meticulously-Treat food and money like a prisoner. Know where they are and what they are doing at all times. Keeping tabs on your cash and calories can show you all the things you are eating and spending. Looking back can be an eye opening experience.
- Occupy your mind and stomach- Don’t let boredom impact your urge to eat and spend. Free activities like hiking or jogging not only take your mind off of food/money, they burn calories. Stave off the hunger with water! No calories, no cost. Enlist allies. Drag your friends with you to these free activities. Engaging conversation will keep your mind off of hunger.
The most important key to eliminating debt and obesity is figuring out how you got there in the first place. Take inventory of your habits and then take steps to improve them. It all starts with your mindset.
Martin Sher is CEO of AmSher Collection Agency and a recent past president of ACA International, the Association of Credit and Collection Professionals. Martin is the author of the 54 word Collector Pledge, committing credit and collection professionals around the world to the ethical and respectful treatment of all consumers. Martin’s personal mission is to get 5 million people out of debt-for good, and for FREE.