Recognising And Managing Financial Stress

shutterstock_259719440-700x467Being in debt can be very stressful for anyone. Your debts can seem ‘never ending’ and every day you fear what letters/bills may come through the post.

However, it doesn’t have to be this way. By recognizing when your finances are causing you unnecessary stress, and learning how to manage it, you can live a happier, less-stressed life.

So, if you are in debt, and are experiencing financial stress, there are several things you may be able to do to improve your situation.

Seek debt management advice

You may not be familiar with the techniques involved in managing debts – and that could be the reason why they are causing you financial stress. So, why not seek debt management advice?
A debt management expert will be able to offer you tips on how you can improve your debt management skills, and may also be able to provide you with a few pointers on how to reduce the amount of stress your debts are causing you.

Create a budget

Ok, so your debts are causing you a lot of stress, and you feel as though you can’t do anything about it on your own. But you can! In fact, if you don’t want to seek debt management advice, and would rather handle your debts on your own, there are a few things you can do without the help of anyone else.

One example is to create a budget…

Budgeting can help improve your debt management skills, as it helps you see exactly where your money is coming from, and where it is/should be going to.

To create your own budget you should simply write down everything you earn each month, and everything you spend each month (your essential expenses – mortgage/rent, food, secured debt payments, travel costs, etc.).

This will help you see exactly how much money you have to your disposal each month, and you should be able to see (by subtracting your expenses from your income) if you have enough money set aside to cover your unsecured debt repayments.

If you don’t – you should consider seeking advice as soon as possible, as this will reduce any potential stress that may be caused if you miss any repayments.