• shirinemfreeman

What Emotions "got" to do with it...

Updated: Apr 1, 2020

A recurrent emotion associated with money is fear. We often feel a sense of guilt, envy, shame or are overly concerned about our money rotation. Can you remember the last time you felt content and at peace with the amount of money you possess? Now, can you remember the last time you’ve felt overly concerned about your retirement account, savings balance, debt total or money for those outstanding bills sitting on your counter? Which one of these questions were you able to answer quickly? I’ll take a wild guess and say question two. Worry is a manifestation of fear and fear is an emotion. Get where I’m going with this?

We all have a complex relationship with money because it plays such a major role in our lives. We’re either affected directly or indirectly. Our financial life is surrounded by spreadsheets, grocery lists, mental calculations, opportunities and challenges. It can cause us to feel as if we’re on a financial emotional roller coaster. Yes, our emotions “got” a lot to do with it…with money.

How we internalize those feelings of frustration and worry affect our behavior. We should not deny our feelings but pursue confronting them. It’s easier said than done, especially when you have creditors locating you after you’ve changed your number. I know, it’s how we’ve been functioning for so long. Running away from our problem has become our way of dealing with it. Yet, this is the exact reason why confronting our fear is vital. No more running. Take those mental running shoes off, sit down and have that conversation with yourself. Facing our fears helps us in the end. We’ve identified, confronted and now it’s time for practical steps. Put one foot in front of the other, move towards that counter and pick those bills up.

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