How to deal with Financial Stress When Sh#t Hits the Fan

As an entrepreneur, coach & consultant,  I’ve had my share of successes. And boy have I had my share of lessons ( code for failures).  Case in point, I’m going through one of those ‘lesson’ periods right now in my business.

And as many a business person will tell you, when business is going slow, financial stress always comes strolling along.

How do I pay the bills? 
How do I pay salaries?
How do I cover certain expenses?

Trying to find answers to these questions can bring a serious amount of  stress.
If you find yourself dealing with financial stress, it can be an exceptionally difficult time. However, you mustn’t let the 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 troubles is to make a plan and stick to it. If you need help with this plan, it would be in your best interest to seek out a financial planner or coach.

Here are a few tips that can help you on your way:

  1. Don’t spend money to relieve your stress. 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.
  1. 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!
  1. Don’t be risky. 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.
  1. Discuss your problems with family. If you have a spouse, 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.
  1. Stay 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 stress level. 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.

Here are some items you may want to review before forming your plan:

  • If you find that you’re spending more than you’re making, find ways to cut expenses.
  • See if you can pick up a part-time job or implement other ways to add to your income.
  • Look into refinancing options for your current loans.
  • Start using your debit card instead of a credit card.

Maintaining 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.

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.

How about you?
When was the last time you experienced financial stress?
How did you deal with it?

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