April 24, 2008, 6:00 am

Manage Your Anxiety, Manage Your Money

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Miscellaneous,Personal Finance
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You are sitting on your couch, you are watching TV and your friend is talking to you at the same time. Your eyes are open, you are looking at him but nothing happens in your brain. When he talks, it goes like “bla bla bla”; you simply can’t understand a word that he is saying. In fact, you are not even sitting on your couch. You are sitting inside your mind; in the middle of your anxiety.

You might have too many things to do, too many problems to solve or simply a huge lack of sleep but in the end, you feel paralyze in front of your present situation. Nothing makes sense anymore and you are completely frozen. The idea of taking action is not even an option.

Anxiety is probably one of the worst feelings you can live as it has this power of disabling your creativity and capacity of taking action to solve your problems. However, if you learn how to manage your anxiety, you will be in a better position to manage your finance as well.

Stop and think

The problem with anxiety is that it follows you no matter where you go. You are eating with it, walking thinking of your problems and finally, you will dream about them. The key is to find a moment in your schedule where you will stop completely everything you do in order to concentrate on your anxiety.

Why am I feeling this way?

Once you have enough free time to think about your situation, start by asking yourself why you are feeling so bad. Then, use the “5 why’s technique”; every time that you find an answer, ask yourself again why this cause you so much problem. After you answered 5 times to the question, you should be able to understand fully your emotion and why you are feeling this way.

Solve the source of the problem

If you are starting a new job for example, you might feel very anxious about it. However, the reason of your anxiety might be very different from one person than another for the exact same situation. One might be nervous because he doesn’t know his new colleagues, another may be worried about the fact that he doesn’t know how the computer system works and there is a possibility that the person doesn’t even know if he wants the job or not.

So instead of thinking: “I’m nervous because I have a new job”, go deeper and find the real reason why you are feeling sick every morning when you get up.

By finding the root for your anxiety, it will become much easier to manage it and then, manage your personal finance. As most stress in a life is caused directly on indirectly by money, managing your anxiety is definitely the first step to manage your money!

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Good advice. And if you are stressed you are less efficient at work, therefore you can loose opportunities to get a raise !

We’ve all felt this way one time or another. It’s usually more common in younger people, I think, which still have the illusion they can control everything. Doing your best, prioritizing and tackling one problem at a time should work…

by: The Financial Blogger | April 25th, 2008 (6:52 am)


You are right about younger people. We usually want to master everything the very first day, which is impossible and would ultimately create anxiety.

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