5 Tips To Overcome Money-Related Stress Through Financial Counseling

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In one study, it was revealed that money is the leading cause of stress among Americans, more so in the millennials. It is a bigger problem than personal relationships or even career. Worse, the numbers are increasing year-on-year.

Financial counseling has proven itself useful in helping people get to that point of gaining control over their finances and thereby, achieve financial stability. In a recent study by the Money Management International, 86% of employees who receive financial counseling experience reduced stress levels about money. In yet another study, financial counseling has helped people reduce their debt levels, save up for their retirement, and secure financial investments.

However, financial counseling can only do so much as the fulfillment of its intended benefits would ultimately lie on the person undergoing counseling. Here are a few tips to make financial counseling work for you:

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  1. Open Up Regarding Your Real Emotions

The starting point for every financial counseling journey is for the therapist to know and understand the emotions underlying your money-related decisions. There is a reason behind every financial goal. There is emotion behind every spending behavior. It may be traced back to your financial experience way back childhood. It is best to open up your true feelings when it comes to money for the therapist to provide better and more fitting financial advice.

 

  1. Be Transparent With Your Priorities

After speaking up about your true emotions, we take it to the next level by being explicit about your priorities. Moving forward, what are the things that you want to pursue in your life? Is there a specific timeline within which you want to achieve your financial goals? Maybe you aim for a car in a year or two, then a house after five years? Or perhaps you wish to stock up your money first in passive income investments?

 

  1. Get Ready To Change The Way You Handle Money

Starting from your priorities, the counselor would then give insights as to the need and feasibility of your financial goals. This period is when your therapist could guide you with the specific steps that can help you become financially stable.

At this point, the most crucial part is your willingness to accept a new perspective. Your counselor would be very enthusiastic to help you focus on the things that could help and weed out the things that could only make your financial situation worse.

 

  1. Develop Financial Discipline Through Application

Once you have already been coached about the general part, which is goal-setting and priorities, followed by the specific stage, which is composed of the particular tasks you need to accomplish, it is time for the most critical yet most challenging aspect – application. It’s one thing to have learned, and a whole different thing to have done it.

Maybe you have to give up a few of your guilty pleasures or pursue the things you didn’t care for in the past. Financial stability and success indeed demand fiscal discipline.

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  1. Be Humble Enough To Seek Guidance

Since no one among us is perfect, no matter how hard we try to keep within the bounds of our financial plan, we would frequently see ourselves falling short of what it takes to be financially successful.

Be encouraged by the fact that your failures never really matter, unless you decide to stop trying. It pays to exercise humility and go back to your counselor to ask for help on how to get back on track. They are more than willing to walk with you on your way towards financial freedom.

The key to the success of every financial counseling journey is the recognition that it is a two-way tango. The beautiful part, though, is that regardless of our current situations, financial stability is within reach, and some people would give their time to help us achieve that if we trust them and ourselves enough.

 

 

 

 

Professional Experience Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com/advice. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.