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5 Financial Stress Tips

5 Financial Stress Tips Help Reduce Stress and Debts

By Charles L Harmon

Many of us find ourselves in financial stress at one time or another. It can happen to the best of us. It can be an exceptionally difficult time when your income cannot match your outgo.  You must not however, let stress take over your life. If the bills are piling up, there are steps you can take to reduce your stress and your debts.

The most important thing to keep in mind when you’re faced with financial problems is to make a plan and stick with it. If you need help with your plan, it’s in your best interest to seek a financial planner.

Here are a few tips to help reduce stress and debt:

  1. Relieve financial stress without spending money. It’s often tempting to reduce stress by going out for meals, entertainment, and other activities. This is clearly counterproductive. Instead, use some free stress relievers such as a warm bath, a good book, or a social event with friends at home.
  2. Accept your situation. Being unwilling to accept that you’re dealing with a hard situation can increase your stress. In many financial scenarios, you’re unable to control the situation. However, once you surrender control and accept it, you’ll feel better knowing that you can only do what you can to improve your financial outlook. It may take time, and that’s okay!
  3. Don’t take unnecessary risks. If you have investments that may be on the risky side, it may be time to switch them to more of a sure bet. This security alone may ease your financial stress.
  4. Discuss your problems. If you have a spouse and/or family, make sure you keep the lines of communication open. Many marriages suffer during times of financial stress, but with honest communication and careful planning, you can keep your marriage and family happy.
  5. Keep Organized. Make lists and keep a calendar. It’s important to schedule time for relaxation, too. You’ll need some time where you can enjoy yourself without worrying about anything – especially your financial troubles.

Have a Plan

Simply having a plan to improve your financial problems can reduce your financial stress. Plans and goals will help you keep things in perspective and show you that you’re making progress towards a better life.

You don’t need to do this alone. There are many professionals available to help you create a successful financial plan, even in your current situation.

Review these before forming your plan:

  • If you’re spending more than you’re making, find ways to cut expenses.
  • Try to find a part-time job or –
  • Implement other ways to add to your income.
  • Check refinancing options for your current loans.
  • Use a debit card instead of a credit card.

Maintain Your Health

People often forget how important it is to maintain your health. When your body is dealing with any kind of stress, it can take a toll if you don’t take steps to relieve it. Unfortunately you may not realize health problems until long after they have started. Avoid this by keeping in good health.

Next time you feel exceptionally stressed out, become aware of the state of your body. You’ll likely notice that all of your muscles are tense. Take a few moments to relax your muscles and take a few deep breaths.

While you may not have control of your financial situation, you do have control over how you feel about it. Focus on taking action to do what you can to improve your situation and know that better days are ahead. Drive financial stress feelings of being down in the dumps away. If your thoughts are things, as others expound, then perk up and feel good you are overcoming and improving your financial difficulties.

 

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