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How Not to Be Stressed Over Your Finances
by Andrea | 5 Jun 2023 | 8 mins read
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How do you feel about money matters? If you often fret over your finances, you’re not alone. According to a well-being report by Cigna, 86% of Singaporeans stress over money-related issues. Another survey by HSBC shows that one in three people in Singapore are losing sleep over money.
It’s pretty concerning that such a large chunk of the population is being weighed down by stress related to financial uncertainty. People often worry about whether they’ll have enough money for the future, or even just for tomorrow, and this can lead to fears about potential losses of income, either through job loss or through investments.
Factors like the rising cost of living and job market instability can really contribute to our stress levels when it comes to money matters. So, it’s no surprise that more and more people are becoming anxious about their finances like never before.
Why does that matter to me?
Stress can have some pretty serious long-term effects on your health. Left unaddressed, it can lead to chronic fatigue, constant irritability, and the inability to sleep and concentrate.
But the effects of stress don’t just stop there – left unchecked, stress can also begin to affect our personal lives and relationships, and even become a real threat to our careers and livelihoods.
So, what can we do to help reduce financial stress? There are a few things you can do, but they all involve taking control of your finances in a tangible and disciplined way.
Figure out where your financial stress is coming from
The first step to alleviating your anxiety and stress is to figure out what’s causing that stress in the first place. Are you constantly worried about running out of money before the end of the month? If the answer is yes, then it might be time to take a closer look at your budget and spending habits.
That means getting real with yourself and tracking your expenses more closely – no more ignoring those bank statements! It helps to set a budget for yourself that’s realistic and that allows you to save a bit each month. And if you’re really struggling to make ends meet, you can consider finding ways to earn more money. This can mean asking for a raise or even finding a new job with better pay.
For some, the anxiety comes from worrying about not having enough money for the future, instead of right now. In that case, setting concrete goals and financial milestones helps you feel more in control and ensures you’re on track to meeting your savings target.
Also consider your existing financial obligations and decide what you can cut out. Do you really need all those subscriptions to platforms that provide the same service or could you do with less?
Cutting out unnecessary expenses can lighten the pressure on your budget, giving you some much-needed breathing room and less stress.
Emergency funds are key to reducing some of your stress
Speaking of uncertainty, one way to make sure you’re not stressing out too much over what might happen to you is to build up a healthy emergency fund. This is money you’re setting aside specifically for those unexpected emergencies and large expenses to meet an urgent need that can really throw a wrench in your finances.
Having an emergency fund in place takes a huge weight off your shoulders and gives you peace of mind. The rule of thumb is to have an emergency fund of six times your monthly living expenses—just enough to keep you secure, in the event you suddenly lose your job or find yourself facing a costly emergency.
Knowing you have a safety net to fall back on makes all the difference in reducing your financial stress levels.
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Pay off your debt—always
Debt can be a massive financial stress for anyone. Whether it’s your credit card bill or that loan you took to buy your flat, it’s always best to pay it down as soon as possible. It doesn’t pay to wait —the longer you drag it out, the more you’ll end up paying thanks to interest fees, and the longer it’ll drag out.
Having debt looming over your head will cause plenty of financial stress. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a moment to sit down and work out a repayment plan —either by yourself or get some guidance from a professional. Having a clear path forward will give you a sense of control and help alleviate your stress.
Once you have a plan, all you need is the commitment and discipline to see it through. It won’t always be easy, but it’ll be worth it in the long run. Imagine the relief you’ll feel when you finally pay off that debt and can move on to bigger and better things.
Work on building your wealth
Investing is a great way to grow your wealth, but investing recklessly can open you up to a great amount of risk. Making hasty or uninformed investment decisions might steal your sleep more than it assures you of a financially secure future.
If you’re the kind of person who prefers to play it safe, opting for low-risk investments or insurance savings plans may be the way to go for you.
Consider options such as Income’s Gro Cash Sure insurance savings plan, which comes with capital guarantee1 upon the end of the premium term. This means that the initial amount of money you pump into this plan won’t be lost and this certainty can alleviate your stress.
After all, there’s no point in making a big investment that keeps you up at night worrying about whether you made the right choice or not.
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