How you feel, is your wellness. How you feel about your money is your financial wellness.
Some days you might feel confident you can meet your needs within the boundaries of your current income, whereas other days you may feel like you don’t have nearly enough funds in order to do so.
The truth is, you’re not alone.
We all need money to pay bills and to enjoy life. And let’s admit it, all of us would love to have millions more in the bank! But good money management involves simply making the most of what you have. It’s knowing how much you have to spend, making wise financial decisions, and being aware of upcoming bills and debts to pay. The way you manage your money has a drip-down effect in your lifestyle and stress-level.
There’s only one problem—we aren’t taught financial wellness at school, so not everyone understands the impact of creating positive money habits. The millennial generation have it extra tough, too, with high house prices, student debt, and large numbers of unemployment. It’s no wonder financial stress is an issue…
Emotions, money, and wellness
Did you know your emotions can influence how you manage your money?
Tackling mental health and financial management in harmony is key to financial wellness. The better you handle emotions, the better decisions you make, and the more financial knowledge you have, the more confident you feel.
Emotions impact money management in a number of ways. For example, spending can provide a temporary “high”, which explains why many of us indulge in a retail binge when we need cheering up. We can make impulsive purchases of things we want, but don’t really need. On the other hand, an unexpected bill or unpaid taxes can cause immediate anxiety or stress.
How to achieve financial well-being
Money mindfulness helps boost positive emotions. And most importantly, the following points will reduce financial stress in the long term:
Learn how to budget: this will give you more control over your finances, allow you to spot where you’re overspending, and help you reach your financial goals.
Have a financial plan: a financial plan outlines the steps needed to improve your financial wellness. It includes a budget, goals, saving amounts, and assessing ways to reduce outgoings or boost income.
Set realistic financial goals: it might take time to pay off debt, learn new habits, or start saving. Unrealistic goals make it more likely to become disheartened. Instead, set specific goals that are also attainable.
financial wellness is a marathon, not a sprint. If you’re struggling with your finances, aim for small victories along the way—don’t expect to transform your relationship overnight. Finally, congratulate yourself for reading this article, and taking one step closer to achieving ultimate financial well-being.