When John walked into this local grocery store, he could only afford a pack of milk, instead of the regular two packs he’d purchase for his family of five.
John is probably feeling the heat captured by a recent survey by the American Psychological Association suggesting that about 64% of Americans might be feeling stressed about money.
The reason for this financial stress is not far-fetched. Americans (and indeed, most of the rest of the world) have been living with soaring prices for months as inflation hits a 40-year peak.
John, like most families, is stretched thin. In all of these, there are still a lot of uncertainties even though the consumer price index for July, 2022 came down to 8.5% from a previous 9.1%. One can only wonder how to ease financial stress in the midst of the scary and rising inflation.
One thing you can do is to choose how you respond to this stress and you can do this by learning how to activate your sage brain during stress. While your saboteurs keep overwhelming you with anxiety, fear, and pressure, your sage brain might be teaching you how to take inventory of your financial circumstances and how to Write down ways you and your family can reduce expenses or manage your money more efficiently but are you listening to your sage brain?