In our lives, all of us will face monetary stresses at one point or another. This might last for a long time and be very severe. For other lucky people, it might only be a phase. But it will happen to all of us at some point.
Is it the hustle culture that makes us feel like we should be working all the time? Or maybe you feel like you have to be working to feel productive. It seems someone is always looking for an instant cash solution, even if we know they never work.
The pressure to make money can weigh us down – especially when people around us don’t seem to be struggling at all. But if you spend all your time thinking about your money worries, you can end up in an even worse position. So, what can you do to take your mind off of your money worries?
When you’re having a hard time, sometimes the best thing to do is to give your mind a break. Finding good, healthy distractions gives your mind a rest and helps you heal from the pain anxiety can cause.
The perfect distraction will be different for everyone: maybe it will be a lighthearted TV show, a group sport, or a new hobby. Whatever it is, as long as it takes your mind off your worries for a while, it will make you feel better.
Talk to Someone
When you are struggling, talking to people will always help. Whether this is friends, family, or a professional, opening up can only lead to positive change. On the one hand, you can feel relieved by sharing – as the saying goes: “a problem shared is a problem halved.”
On the other hand, speaking to other people might open up ideas to help you out of your money problems.
People you speak to will have gone through money problems of their own before – they might have some good tips to help you out of your situation if they’ve been through something similar themselves.
Sometimes, the best way to reduce your worries is to feel like you’re actually doing something about it. Depending on what is causing your money problems, the specifics of this step will vary.
Maybe you need a new job. Doing small tasks like updating your resume can help you feel like you are in control of your situation. If you are overspending, drawing up a budget can remind you that you don’t have to drown in your worries: you have a plan!
The most important thing is to be proactive only when it’s helpful. Doing tasks like these can sometimes overwhelm you and make you feel worse. Always check in with yourself to ensure this is helping you, not hindering you.
Take Care of Yourself
Having money worries can be really difficult to cope with. Make sure to reach out to people when you are struggling, and most of all, to be kind to yourself.