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Strategies to deal with Financial Stress.

Friday 17 April 2020, 12:25PM
By Media PA
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When left unchecked, financial stress finds its way into every area of our lives, including our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Leading finance company, Yes Finance, have a few things you can do now to relieve your financial stress for the benefit of your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Statistics

Research by the Commission for Financial Capability (CFFC) released shows that 69% of New Zealanders are concerned about money, with 49% of people feeling stressed, 34% missing out on social activities, 31% not accessing health services when they might have otherwise, and 28% making unhealthy eating choices.

The effects

Additional effects include problems with personal relationships, feeling ashamed about their finances, hiding their financial situation from family and friends, failing to exercise, feeling unwell and taking regular days off work due to financial stress.

When money issues begin to affect your mental and physical wellbeing, the easy option is to ignore it and pretend it isn’t happening to you. But by ignoring it and continuing with your spending habits, nothing will get solved and those worries will begin to fester.

Talking

One of the first steps to take towards financial wellbeing is to start talking. Talking about money can sometimes be seen as some sort of social taboo, but that is simply not the case anymore. Even if they can’t help, just talking to someone could help you see the problem from a different angle. “By opening up, and having a money chat with someone close to you, you’ll find ideas and support,” says Peter (Yes Finance Limited director).

The professionals

If you feel more comfortable talking to someone that is professionally trained and educated, then talking to a financial advisor  is a great option. A financial planner can help you sort out a budget and lay out a pathway you need to succeed. The process is akin to seeing a therapist, but for your money. “Make sure you take a list of goals of what you want to achieve with your finances” advises Peter. They can also assist you in developing a long-term saving and investing strategy that will help you plan for the future.

Your lenders

Communicate with your loan provider, help them understand your financial position, the earlier the better.

Talk to your lenders at Yes Finance and work with them by explaining your situation. Here at Yes Finance we may have options to get you through the difficult times.

YES Finance are helping New Zealanders who are in economic complex financial predicaments to re-strategize and simplify their current budget plans, maybe you could qualify for a Debt Consolidation loan.

Budget

Creating a budget is one best courses of action you can take, to help get control of your finances and stop worrying about money. A budget makes sure you cover your immediate expenses, while still working towards your financial goals.

Positive thinking

Keeping a positive mind-set can help keep you motivated to fix your financial problems. Determine that which you can rationally accomplish and then dedicate yourself to following through each week.

Track

A great tip for managing your day to day stress, is to keep track of your progress. “While this won’t solve your financial issues, it can make a great difference in the amount of stress you feel each day, and give you back a sense of control,” adds Peter.

Take active steps

Financial stress will likely affect everyone in some point of their lives. But by taking active steps, you can lessen your financial worry, so you can focus on other important areas of your life and relax, knowing you have a plan to handle your financial situation.

Everyone’s financial situation is different

At Yes Finance they understand that everyone’s financial situation is different and requires a unique solution that will put you in a comfortable position before and after borrowing.

Peter adds, “When you call Yes Finance, you will be talking to a real and empathetic Yes Finance staff member, not a call centre or chatbot”.