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Strategies & tools for dealing with financial stress


Are you financially stressed? Or are you one of the lucky few that sails through life with nary a monetary worry?

And there are plenty of things that could be causing you to have stress. The obvious one, of course, is the current financial situation *gestures broadly*. But there are other causes of financial stress. Like not agreeing with your partner about how to spend or save it, having debt, or not feeling like you’ve got enough to retire comfortably (if at all).

And the tricky thing about financial stress is that it seeps into every aspect of your life. Those who experience financial stress also experience reductions in their overall mental and physical well-being.

So, this Mental Health Week, we want to address what’s causing you financial stress and give you actionable steps to begin to reduce it – both from a financial p.o.v and a mindset p.o.v.

Hannah McQueen will be joined by Sue Kohn-Taylor from The Mental Fitness Company on the 27th of September at 7:00pm to discuss the reasons you may be feeling financially frazzled, and how you can change your mindset and your habits to alleviate some of that stress.

So, register below, flick through your questions, and get ready to learn how you can alleviate your financial stress.

Register link:

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: