How to Manage Financial Stress

Are you financially stressed? Here are a few tips to help you maintain your cool and get back on track to achieving your financial goals.

Focus on the positive.

If you’re in debt, it’s a lot easier to focus on the negative. However, staying positive can help you remain calm and clear your head. List out the positive aspects of your money management skills, so that you can clearly recognize your financial strengths. You may be able to expand on those strengths to provide yourself with a solution.

Look back at your budget.

Go over your bills and expenditures with a fine tooth comb. There are always things that you can cut back on, so try to reduce any expenses and put that money to better use. Setting up an emergency fund, paying off debt, and putting money toward retirement are all good options.

Stop comparing yourself to others.

Its human nature to feel jealousy when you feel like you’re missing out. Avoid the fear of losing out by not comparing yourself to those around you. You don’t know their financial status – they may have material wealth, but could still be in worse shape.

Meet with a professional.

In most cases, stress comes from the unknown. If you don’t understand your finances – it can be stressful, but it will only get worse if you don’t ask for help. Before things get worse, seek someone who deals with similar situations every day.  If you are a First Financial member, we offer complimentary annual financial reviews. Stop into your nearest branch or contact us today to schedule an appointment.

Embrace the concern.

You shouldn’t be worrying about money all the time, but a little bit of worry can help you stay aware, keep your spending in line, and your savings on track.

Article source: Tyler Atwell for CUInsight.com

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