How to Stop Feeling Anxious About Money

Anxiety about money

 

When was the last time you made a great financial decision when you were stressed, worried or anxious about money?

When I’m anxious, I can’t visualize or do positive affirmations when I’m anxious.

And please don’t even tell me to be grateful when I am anxious or panicking about money because that is the last thing I want to feel!

 

How to overcome anxiety about money?

 

1. Do EFT Tapping

 

2. Sit with the anxiety

 

Whenever I feel anxious about money I sit down and focus on the part of my body where I feel the anxiety, usually its my stomach or my throat and I see the color and the shape of this anxiety on my body and ask out loud – what thoughts are causing this sensation.

And then I just sit and observe both the sensations and thoughts that come up.

 

3. Question the beliefs that are giving rise to anxiety

 

When I made the decision to move from Boston,, MA to South Africa, my anxiety was at an all time high – I had no job, no clients and very little money.

I was convinced I was going to starve.

I deeply believed this was the worst idea I’d had in a while.

I had no business network in South Africa and only had my family to rely on, so I knew I was going to starve.

So I questioned this belief using the work of Byron Katie:

If I move back home, I will starve

The Byron Katie Method involves a series of 4 questions:

~ Is this true

Yes, past experience had taught me that I need to have all my ducks in a row before making such major decisions

~ Can you know that this is true?

No, because Im not God so I can tell the future

~ How do u react when you think this thought?

I get anxious

~ Who would you be without this thought? 

I”d be less tense and more open to possibility.

~ Turn the thought around:

- If I move back home I will not starve and this is true because actually I have family at home

- If my thinking moves back home, My thinking will starve….

 

How do you react when you feel anxious about money?

How does your anxiety about money impact your financial behaviour?

Let’s talk in the comments section below.

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1 Comment

  1. For lack of a better term i am proud that you would post this in such a pulbic forum. I myself was diagnosed at 16 with BiPolar, S.A.D., and PTSD all 3 of which are based around a chemical imbalance passed down through my family mixed with environment. I post a lot of articles about this on my blog as well as issues i had in school as a way to show people they are not the only one. Sadly this is a subject that gets buried in the closet a lot which is the worst thing that could happen.

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