Getting through the hard times

Many things can happen on the road to financial freedom. Whether overspending or emergency costs, hard times happen and often come out of nowhere. With the stress that comes from watching your money so closely, scrutinizing every rand going out, you need to keep your spirits high so you can face these challenges head on.

Handle yourself

Firstly, and arguably most importantly, try to celebrate your achievements no matter how big or small. Often we get bogged down with negativity and in tough times this can lead to depression and anxiety. Having a huge impact on your work, social life and health, stress of this level can be detrimental to your wellbeing and even impact your ability to support your financial obligations.

Focus on health

While counteracting the negative effects of stress, exercise also helps to distract your mind and process thoughts. It has been shown to steady your mind in order to handle problems calmly and effectively. Keeping your body and mind running at its best so you can tackle setbacks is a must, ensuring you don’t burn yourself out or let the pressure get the best of you. Nothing clears your head and resets your restless mind like a good run.

Take time for yourself

When caught up in the stresses of life we often forget to take a step back and let ourselves have a moment of happiness. Always give yourself time to do the things you enjoy in whatever way is needed. Whether taking an hour to read a book or working on a passion project, bringing some joy to your day lets you feel rested enough to keep fighting the good fight.

Come to terms with the truth

While there are many things you can change and work on, there are also many things you cannot. Separate these elements and be truthful with yourself about what you can fix. Leave past mistakes behind and focus on what you can change here and now.

Recognise the signs

Mental health is of the utmost importance when dealing with the stresses of life. Take note of your moods and behavior to protect yourself from depression and anxiety. If your moods take a dip and you no longer sleep, eating becomes strenuous and you crave an escape, be sure to take some time for yourself or find someone to talk to- depression is no joke.

Even though life can throw a curve ball or two along the way, taking care of your wellbeing is the most important thing. Keep yourself happy and healthy so you can tackle your setbacks with a clear and strong mind.