Money, worries, stress and situations

I hate money it is the bane of my life and I am unable to relax when I think about it; will we have enough to cover the bills, could we perhaps manage to rent a DVD this weekend, what if something breaks down. All the normal, everyday issues.

However there are certain times in our lives when stress can really become an issue, not just because of the money involved in the situation but for other reasons as well and while it's easy in the day to call for advice, the nights can be hard. As once its dark the thoughts come and dance through our minds, so I thought I would share a couple of ways that might help you cope at hard times be it from worry or stress.

1. Square Breathing
I don't do meditations or breathing exercises well, however I've found square breathing is something I can do and does help when an anxiety attack hits. I've always taken to counting for some reason when I am feeling in such a way and so this is the perfect distraction. It works by counting to 4 as quickly or slowly as suits you while breathing, so breathe in for 4, hold for 4, breathe out for 4, hold for 4 and then repeat the four steps.

Square Breathing

2. Worry Time
Worrying all time does you no good, so if you feel those worries creeping in while you are doing other things take a look at the clock, choose a time you can spend some time ‘worrying' and thinking over the situation for ways to help; note down that time and then get on with your jobs until worry time arrives.

Of course the main issue when it comes to worrying about things you can control, is making sure you get help and there are many organisations out there that can help you get on the right path.

For instance if you are going through a divorce or separation, take a walk through this infographic and see if it can help you.

Infographic provided by The Money Advice service

What's your best tip for controlling worries?

This article has 19 comments

  1. Liz Mays

    This could be so helpful. I definitely get stressed out from time to time. Taking some time to read sometimes helps.

  2. Jeanine

    How helpful! I often stress over money and usually with no merit. But square breathing sounds like it could be beneficial!

  3. Mama to 5 BLessings

    I have never heard of square breathing. Sounds very interesting, glad it works!

  4. coolchillmom

    You are right Sarah, we need to get our anxiety and stress under control.
    Great breathing technique, putting it to use

  5. Theresa

    Sometimes it’s so easy to stress over things. I like your square breathing technique. Going to have to remember that for next time I feel stress coming on!

  6. Heather

    I do that breathing exercise. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by life.

  7. Amber NElson

    Breathing is so helpful. Thanks for reminding me to do this!

  8. Lois Alter Mark

    I’m definitely going to try this. It’s amazing what breathing can do for you.

  9. toughcookiemommy

    Many people stress over money and finances these days. It’s important to maintain a budget and to live within your means.

  10. Lesley

    I’m glad you’ve found something to help you manage stress. For me, its the Word of God that keeps me relaxed. My needs will be supplied, they always have been and always will be, regardless of the amount in my bank account.

  11. Annie M

    I do a different form of breathing, but same thing. It’s supposed to help calm/slow down my heart rate.

  12. Pam

    Great advice on this infograph for those contemplating divorce. I have been married for almost 38 years and don’t plan on ending that any time soon, lol.

    I use the square breathing from time to time to help me when I need to just take a minute and relax in a stressful situation. It does help.

  13. Angela

    I love that idea of choosing a time to worry. I have never heard of that before, but it makes total sense.

  14. Aisha Kristine Chong

    Such a wonderful read that we all should at least read once. 🙂

  15. Ourfamilyworld

    I get worried all the time about money. I try to breathe and relax..

  16. Veronica

    Money does create stress in many people lives. It always some helps to have some relief from stress

  17. Lisa Rios

    Sounds very interesting. This is the first time I have heard about this square breathing. Many of us usually stress about the finance issues these days and I am very glad about how this works. I am definitely going to try this.

  18. The Mid-Atlantic Foodie

    I’ve never heard of square breathing, but I get really worried and anxious a lot so I will be trying it… Probably today during my children’s ball games. 😉

  19. Chrissy Mazzocchi

    These are great tips for saving money! I really could use these, thanks!

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