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?