We all rely on money to pay our bills, provide shelter and food, and to
bring us pleasure. But with the continuing economic crunch squeezing out every
dime before it has a chance to grow interest in our checking accounts, more and
more of us are feeling the pinch in our bodies and minds. It comes out in
worry, and stress and in feeling overwhelmed about what the future will hold or
not hold. Whatever your financial situation, here are some ways to keep it all
in perspective and to relieve the strain of worrying about a money crisis.
Who is in control you or the money? If you are up late at night worrying
about money, and you find yourself worrying so much that it becomes hard to
function and think about other things, then money is in control of you when it
should be the other way around. Find ways to take the control back so that you
feel in charge.
* Start a gratitude journal and chronicle the good things in your life. Take
small steps to get your mindset back, so you feel like you are doing something.
*Start small by clipping out a coupon or choosing to make dinner instead of
going out for dinner. Just feeling like you are doing something, even if it is
one small step, will help your peace of mind and give you back some measure of
* Take a break from it all. Turn off the phone, don't read your mail for a
day, and focus on something else to help clear your head. Make a picnic lunch
and go to the park, watch your favorite comedy, dance to your favorite music,
do anything non-money related for one day.
It is not hiding from your problems because they will still be there, but it
is giving yourself a chance to re-group and re-charge your body and mind.
Decisions are easier to make and less impulsive, if you can figure out how to
calm yourself down physically and spiritually. Often, if you approach things
with a clearer head, you will come up with new strategies and solutions you
were to spiritually empty and tired to think of before.
* Ask for help! Believe me in that you are not alone in your feelings or
your situation. Join a support group to relieve money stress, bring positive
people in to your world to help carry you and share the burden, and ask for
advice. The internet is filled with advice on frugality, recycling, stretching
your budget. Look for message boards and free websites with job information or
tips on career changes. FREE Money Exercise
* While you are seeking out help offer it as well. That old adage give and
you will receive still holds true when you are broke. You may be holding the
answer that will help someone else who is struggling as well. By thinking of
and giving to someone in need, you free up some of that stress inside yourself.
Sometimes, if you help someone else over their own road block it has a healing
effect on your own.
Money matters or does it? When the bill wolves are howling at the
door, and you worry about how to make your financial ends meet, its hard to
stay calm and remember that it really isn't the money that matters in your
relationship with yourself and others. It is the being together with the ones
you love that counts not the trappings and trimmings that come with living. Try
to capture that together feeling again without thinking about the peripheral
Remember that your worth as a person is not based on what you have now, what
you might loose in the future, or what you had in the past. Money is just the
covering that hides the inner shell of who we are and who we can be. It is not
the essence of who we are on the inside.
Although the acquisition of money is important for living in today's world,
it doesn't have to rule your every thought or be the fear that lies unspoken
inside you. It doesn't have to be the worm that eats at your inner peace. Take
an active role in dealing with your thoughts and stress so that you can handle
any money crisis in your life.
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