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Side Effects of Credit Card Debt Build Up
Credit Card Debt and Health Effects on Your Life
When we think of the negative effects of credit card debt, we often focus on the financial aspects. When you have a great deal of credit card debt built up, you pay hundreds — or even thousands — in interest payments, and your money is not really your own. While this can be difficult and discouraging, it is important to realize that other areas of your life can be affected by credit card debt:
- Emotional and Mental Health: Your emotional and mental health is affected by debt. The stresses that come with trying to meet your obligations, and the feelings of hopelessness that can come with credit card debt, will lead to anxiety and depression. Mental health effects of debt build up is a huge psychological issue.
- Physical Health: Studies have shown that feelings of anxiety and depression can lead to physical side health effects. Heart problems and reduced immune system response can result from the anxieties that come with a build up of credit card debt. On top of that, being stuck in a spiral of declining emotional and mental health will lead to poor exercise and eating habits, compounding physical ailments and serious health effects.
- Relationships: Debt also takes a toll on your relationships. Credit card debt can lead to money stress in a committed relationship. Additionally, the strain debt puts on you can lead you to react less than favorably to your children, and to other people in your lives.
- Shame and Guilt: While society has done away with some of the shame and guilt associated with credit card debt, it still exists. Many people carry these feelings around with them, allowing guilt and shame to colour their view of themselves and others.
Know What You are Getting Into
It is true that credit card rewards and other programs can benefit you in a number of ways. However, if you make purchases just to get the reward points, you will soon find yourself with a build up of credit card debt. Soon, the pressures associated with this debt will spill over into other areas of your life. Paying down your debt, and paying off your credit card balance each month, will provide you with financial freedom — and help you enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Janet is a blogger and personal finance writer for CreditCardsCanada.ca, a web site specializing in helping consumers find the best Canadian credit cards.