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Money is a common source of stress
Recognize your triggers and spending patterns
Open up to a trusted loved one
- Name your emotions as they arise.
- Acknowledge that you are not your emotions.
- Remind yourself that they will pass.
- Try to replace negative or unhelpful thoughts with empowering thoughts. For instance, one patient would often think, “I’ll never understand this stuff. I feel so stupid.” Instead, she began thinking, “This information is new to me, and I am learning,” which helped her to calm down and focus.
- Identify coping strategies that don’t involve money, such as breathing exercises, venting to a friend or taking a walk.
- Set a time limit to work on your finances to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
- Take breaks to regroup. Exercise, listen to music, play with your children or do another activity that brings you joy.
Create a plan and track your progress
Getting better with money starts with taking care of yourself
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