Financial Stress can cause you sleepless nights and can be devastating. For dealing with that you need to have a good plan.
There are varying degrees of financial stress. For example, consider the stress levels in these statements:
- “How will we pay for the vacation in Hawaii this year?”
- “We don’t have enough money to go eat out in the restaurant, but we can have Pizza Palace deliver.”
- “We can pay the electric bill or the gas bill, but we can’t pay both. Remember that the bank said we’d lose the car if we don’t make a payment by the 10th of the month.”
Some people are fortunate enough to have never been in the last situation, but many people aren’t so lucky. Desperate times are highly stressful times.
The good news is that it is possible to get out of a financial crisis! Alleviating such financial pressure requires a cool head and a plan.
Follow this process to reduce your financial stress and see brighter days ahead:
Get an accurate picture about your situation. It’s easy to make yourself more upset than necessary. Ensure that you have a factual representation of what’s going on.
- How much money are you making?
- What are your bills?
- How much debt do you have?
- What resources are available to you?
Focus on solutions
If you focus on the problem, your mind is easily getting stuck in negative self-pity. You will find it hard to see a light at the end of the tunnel if you focus on the wrong thing. Commit yourself to finding solutions. Most of us tend to focus on comfort, which is a big mistake. Nothing happens when you make yourself comfortable. You’re just distracted. Spend the vast majority of your time looking for and working on solutions.
- You can take it easy at night before bed and focus on making yourself comfortable then to help you have a good night’s sleep.
Eliminate every unnecessary expense
Most people have several expenses that provide little to no value. Do you have a gym membership you never use? Magazine subscriptions? Expensive cell phone plan?
- Get rid of every expense you don’t truly need. Of course, you must pay for your housing, utilities, food, medicine, and insurance. However, everything else is optional.
Determine what you can and cannot influence
Most of us worry about things we can’t control. There’s actually very little you can control. You can control your thoughts, attitude, and actions. And if you can’t do anything about it, then just accept that it is out of your hands.
- Focus on what you can influence and avoid worrying about the rest.
Determine how every penny is being spent
When you’re under serious financial stress, it’s important to know where all of your money leaks are occurring. Discover where every cent is going each month. Track it all.
Work on a plan to boost your income
If you had enough money, your financial stress would go away. There’s always a way to make more money if you’re committed to providing more value to the world.
- You might want to get a second job or a side hustle. It might be time to start an online business or to look for a better-paying job.
Do you have a budget? Most people don’t. Choose where your money is going before you spend it. Make a spending plan and stick to it.
Find ways to relax
The solution to stress is to either remove the source of the stress or to relax. Plan relaxation time into your schedule each day. If you’re too stressed for too long, you’re likely to end up sick. Too much stress reduces your ability to function optimally.
- Experiment with various relaxation methods to find out what works best for you. Some healthy options include listening to your favorite music, taking a warm bath, engaging in a hobby that pleases you, playing with your kids or pets, going for a walk, or hiking on a nature trail.
Ask for help
It might be time to ask for help. Friends, family, your employer, your banker, or even your creditors can all be of help during financial challenges.
Financial stress is a leading cause of divorce, suicide, and many health issues. Financial issues can be an overwhelming challenge. Ensure that you’re working with accurate information, scaling back, boosting your income, and making a plan. Ask for help if you need it. There is a way out, although it might be challenging. Never give up!
Do you need a guide to help you understand how to cope with Stress in an all inclusive approach? Learn how to combat stress, mentally, physically, emotionally and strategically in your life.
Martin Neumann was trained for Lifestyle Interventions in 1998 at Wildwood Lifestyle Center & Hospital. Since then he has lectured in different parts of the world about a healthy lifestyle and natural remedies. He is the founder of the Abundant Health website.