You’re probably asking, what do self-care and money have to do with each other?

 

First let’s start with defining self-care, which according to Miriam-Webster is care for one’s self. 

 

I would argue that it’s much more than that…

It’s identifying your own needs (mentally, physically, emotionally) and meeting them with a daily practice.

It’s taking time to nurture yourself – body, mind, and spirit.

It’s addressing anything that is affecting your health.

 

So, what does that look like?

It could be a daily walk, an evening bubble bath, eating more nourishing foods, talking with a good friend, napping, or practicing yoga…sometimes it’s as simple as brushing your hair when you don’t even feel like getting out of bed.

 

How Money Can Affect Your Health

You may not realize how stressed money makes you feel. You may be in complete denial and think if you don’t look at it, it can’t and won’t hurt you. You probably avoid checking your accounts and just make payments to satisfy the bills. 

Worry over debt or expenses doesn’t have to be. We can experience amazing amounts of anxiety over our money. We worry we will never pay off all of our debt. We don’t see the end in sight.

We worry we won’t have enough money next month if we don’t get any new clients. We don’t know how to bridge the gap between having too little and having too much. And when we get too much we automatically go out and spend it, uncomfortable with excess.

 Inversely, we feel happy when we can pay our bills on time with more left over at the end of each month. When you can start looking at your money and debt without judgment then you can start to ease that anxiety and overwhelm. 

 

Money Self-Care Practices You Can Start Doing Today

  • Track your income, spending, and savings (monthly)
  • Save for emergencies, consciously evaluate spending (rather than mindlessly shopping)
  • Show yourself some grace – stop the negative self-talk (“I’m not good with money.”) Instead reframe it as “I’m excited to feel more in tune with my money!”
  • Dance it out when you get an unexpected deposit or check in the mail  – Get Excited!
  • Light some candles and play some calming music when checking your finances or paying bills online (whatever makes you feel relaxed and can ease the overwhelm)
  • Celebrate small victories, like paying off that credit card balance or saving on groceries this week

 

Why You Need To Practice Self-Care around Money

  • You’ll have more control over your life and line up with your values (It won’t seem so unmanageable/overwhelming.)
  • It’ll help you raise your self-esteem and confidence, give you a sense of security, and strengthen your intimate relationships.
  • Maybe most important when you take care of yourself to attract more money and abundance into your life.

If you want a more in-depth look at this, check out this podcast episode -> https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/009-how-to-make-money-part-of-your-self-care-routine/id1358026396?i=1000410197798&mt=2 

 

How do you check on your money?

 

Has this ever happened to you? 

You have the best of intentions. A big goal all planned out. You start the day off with these plans and try to keep them in the back of your mind all day…but then when it comes to actually doing them, you put it off until after lunch. Then, until after work. Aaannnd, you put it off until after dinner. Until you realize it’s bedtime and you haven’t done anything on your to-do list. Ugh, now you cant’ sleep because you’re anxious about all the things you didn’t do.

Don’t worry. You’re not the only one! I promise. A lot of people have been there. Me, for one. 

Here’s the good news: It doesn’t have to be this way. Here are some things that have worked for me.

1. Make a to-do list. Don’t just try to keep it in your head. You will forget something. You can use an app or good ol’ pen and paper. I like the Anote app and Asana (but that’s more for businesses).  

2. Start with the thing you want to do the least. I knooowww, sucks, right? Well, I read/listened to a book called

Eat That Frog!

The gist of the book is if you eat a live frog the first thing in the morning everything else is gonna be a piece of cake. It comes from the Mark Twain quote at the bottom of this email. Do the hard things first. It will be so. much. easier. to do the rest.


3. Check things off as you go. As you cross those tasks off, your brain gets a little hit of dopamine (the “feel-good chemical.”) It makes you feel accomplished and motivates you to do more!

4. If you are working towards a larger goal, make it a habit. Set a certain time of day you do what you need to do. Non-morning people *raises hand* don’t want to hear this, but getting up 30 minutes to an hour earlier can make a huge difference in your daily productivity, especially if you are up before everyone else in your house!

These are just a few of the ways I’ve discovered to be more productive in my day. Are any of these new to you? I’d love to hear your favorite tip! Leave me a comment to let me know.


P.S. Have you joined the Set Your Soul Free FB community yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Get on in there!

I talk a lot about empowerment.

The reason is that I used to be/play a victim of my circumstances. I let a chain of events that happened determine my worth and my meaning.

I don’t want you to go through the same thing.

I want you to be able to take control of your life and do, or be, what you can to change what you don’t like about it.

What can you control to make your life more like you want it?

I bring it up today because I have been going through this exact thing and I didn’t even realize it. I was blaming and feeling powerless. I finally realized the reason I was feeling this way was that I was handing my power over rather than taking ownership of my emotions and feelings.

The truth is, no one can hurt you without your permission. They can’t make you feel a certain way unless you allow it.

If someone does something that hurts your feelings, it sucks. Yep, it was sh*#ty. Yep, they shouldn’t have done that. But you get to choose how you react and how it affects you.

Are you going to let it bring you down to be Negative Nancy or Debbie Downer (womp womp), OR are you going to hear it, process it, and let it go?

You know your truth and who you are inside. Take back your power. You own you.

If something bad happens, it’s okay to feel those feelings but, then, you have to pick yourself up and be gangsta.

You HAVE to move forward. You have big dreams and great things to do. Do NOT let someone else’s stuff hold you back. Not only could you be hurting yourself but you could be holding back something that could help other people out. That’s something to think on.

*If you are struggling with confidence and staying positive, check out this Ultimate Positivity Resource Library here -> tinyurl.com/positivitylibrary*