I’ve already spoken about some great self-help tips for anxiety but this blog will cover how you can overcome anxiety that’s specifically related to finances.
First and foremost, try to stop comparing yourself to others especially the lives that you see online. It’s incredibly rare that anyone ever portrays anything but the perfect life online. So whilst looking at the pictures of that perfect family holiday to the Maldives might leave you stressed and worrying about you can possibly afford even a simple holiday this year, say to yourself you don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes.
Try considering the worst that could possibly happen, vividly imagine and articulate how you’d cope if your worst money fear came true. Anxiety therapy used to focus on convincing people that their fears were unlikely; today, it focuses on acknowledging that sometimes negative things happen in our lives and accepting them is part of the solution and that you can and will cope better than you give yourself credit for. Be articulate and detailed, say it out loud or write it down if that feels better to you this will give you some clarity on what you would do if the worst really was to happen and will help alleviate your anxiety
Make sure you’re taking care of the big things. It’s so easy to bury your head in the sand when you are worried about money but tackling things head-on is the best way to start overcoming your anxiety. Use my Simplify Your Life Workbook to help plan your day and prioritise the important tasks first. If you have a lot of bill piling up make it your goal to tackle one a day so you’re not overwhelmed. If you need to, seek from a professional debt management agency such as Step Change
Stay active and healthy, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a gym membership in order to exercise. Go out for a walk or a jog or try some of the free home workouts on YouTube. Park Runs are a great way to stop isolating yourself (another sign of anxiety) and keep active, plus the fresh air and sunshine are a great way to help combat anxiety.
Most importantly of all banish the shame that you have associated with your finances. Don’t be afraid to talk about your anxieties, opening up is vital for boosting your mental health. Speak with a family member or a close friend or look into speaking to a professional like the one mentioned above.