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Boys & Budgets - Dealing with financial stress


While men don’t stress about money quite as much as women – recent research shows that almost 60% of Kiwi men do worry about money on either a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, and just over 60% of Kiwi men have said their financial wellbeing has impacted their overall well-being. And how did they rate their financial well-being? Well, almost 70% of Kiwi men rated it as moderate, low, or very low.

It's also interesting to note is that men tend to take more risks when it comes to their money – like investing in speculative stocks rather than more proven investment options. Which could be linked to more ‘traditional’ ‘masculine’ roles and expectations. The same expectations that lead men to feel like they have to shoulder the financial burden in a relationship. So, when the economy takes a big of a hit, men may feel the pressure more to keep their finances afloat.

So, to help you take control of your financial situation and alleviate some of that stress, we’re hosting our first ever Boys and Budgets panel session during mental health awareness week. Strategic Financial Coaches Roger Swift, Ray McKeown and Justin Gauchi (moderated by Nadine Higgins) will answer your questions about how you can manage your money better to lessen the financial stress, and get ahead financially.

Submit your questions when you register below, or you can ask them on the night.

And, if you can’t make it on the night, register anyway as we’ll send out a recoding of the session the next day.

Rāhina / Monday

Reconnect with yourself

Connecting with yourself is a skill. To start the week, begin by taking a moment to check in with yourself, acknowledge how you’re feeling and how the last few years of turbulence affected you and your connection with others and the world around you. This is a good time to think about the people you have lost contact with who you might want to reach out to, or the special places you haven’t visited in a while, and set some whāinga/goals for the week ahead.

At the end of the week, you can reflect on how you felt at the start and how reconnecting with the people and places that are special to you has lifted you up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with yourself:

Rātū/ Tuesday

Reconnect with a friend or loved one

We know life can get busy, but feeling connected to the people that are important to us can make a big difference to our mental health. Connection brings purpose and belonging to our lives and makes us feel happier and more secure. Today is about reconnecting with the people in our lives – it could be someone special who you have lost touch with or just wish you caught up with more often.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a friend or loved one:

Rāapa / Wednesday

Reconnect with a special place

The places and spaces we spend our time in have a huge impact on how we feel. Most of us have places we can go that calm, inspire or uplift us. Today, make time to go to a place that is special to you and take notice of how you feel when you are there. For some of us, the special place that comes to mind might be out of reach - perhaps it’s overseas, or too far away to get to. Even if we can’t get there right now, there are ways that we can reconnect with the places that lift us up.

A few ideas for reconnecting with a special place:

Rāpare / Thursday

Reconnect with your community.

Today is about reconnecting with your hapori whānui/wider community. It’s the perfect time to sign up to be a volunteer or join a local community group, but it could also be as simple as making the effort to reconnect with the people you interact with every day. Today is all about savouring the little hononga/connections that make us human.

A few ideas for reconnecting with your community:

Rāmere / Friday

Reconnect with nature

To round out the week, we’re asking you to reconnect with the beautiful taonga that is te taiao/the natural environment. Studies show exposure to nature not only makes us feel better emotionally, it contributes to our physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. All the more reason to spend at least a small moment today outside - breathing in some fresh air and noticing the world around you.

A few ideas for reconnecting with nature: