financial stress

3 ways financial stress is taking a negative toll on our lives

The pandemic has resulted in job losses and pay cuts. As a result, many families are facing financial stress. If neglected it can hamper your mental well-being.  Here’s looking at three different ways in which money problems negatively impact you.

Financial stress can lead to anxiety and depression

When people are unable to meet their financial goals due to lack of funds, it leaves them feeling sad, frustrated and in some extreme cases can even lead to depression. Constant insecurity about not being able to pay bills or clear financial dues can also cause a lot of stress and anxiety. Hence, it becomes vital that some tough financial decisions are made to curb excess spending, and to ensure that necessary outgoings are taken care of.

It can also take a negative toll on your career

If you are constantly stressing about finances, you keep shifting focus even at work, and this can ultimately affect your work performance and your career. Hence, it’s important to reassess your financial goals periodically, and to realign them with the ground reality. Ensure that your outgoings do not exceed a reasonable limit, and that you have an emergency fund set aside in the case you need one.

It can affect your relationships, making you feel upset and disturbed

If you and your partner are not on the same page when it comes to spending. It can cause a lot of tension and conflict. This can ultimately take a toll on your relationship as arguments about lack of savings and finances increase. Fortunately, there are a few tips that can help you address this issue.

Tips to weather a financial storm

Draw up a financial plan  with your partner. Stick to a monthly budget, and set aside money for an emergency fund to take care of unexpected expenses. Pay off credit card dues and loans before retirement, so you can  live a debt-free life in your older years. Plan for retirement and ensure you have enough saved to cover all necessary outgoings.