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64% of Americans are stressed about money

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?

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6 ways to achieve greater balance in life

Stress and burnout have been a hot topic in the corporate space in the last few years, and the COVID-19 pandemic brought it even more to the fore. As job roles morphed into more remote approaches and people worked more from their homes, it seemed like it was going to be a welcome respite for those who were overly exhausted from everyday commute to work and the stress of the workplace.

The data showed otherwise, and it became apparent that the issue of stress and burnout was not as much because of the work ‘place’ as it was because of a combination of organizational cultures and individual habits. Therefore, working from home did not necessarily translate to less stress. In fact, in some cases, it was more stressful.

But stress and burnout are not only limited to the workplace. They affect most people across the entire spectrum of human existence. People have a lot of things calling for their attention. Some of these are important and others are not, and the weight of information, task, distractions and unfulfilled desires can often lead to a huge physical, emotional and mental stress.

“A balanced inner calmness radiates from a peaceful centre. It neither craves others' approval nor rejects others' presence. It neither pulls towards nor pushes away. It has a reverent attitude towards life and all its inhabitants.” - (Donna Goddard, The Love of Devotion)

So how can one maintain a sense of balance in the midst of all of these to create a healthier, happier and more productive life?

Here are 6 tips to help you lay the foundations:

  1. Understand that balance is not necessarily equilibrium. A life of balance does not mean equal allocation of time for every aspect of your life. Balance is achieved in giving the required priority to the aspects that help you build a more efficient, happy and fulfilled life and achieve your goals and visions per time.
  2. Decide what is important and plan your schedule accordingly. Do not leave spending time with the kids or your partner to chance and claim they are important. Remember to include rest there too. Rest is important. Read that last sentence again.
  3. Declutter. Let go of things that no longer serve you. Whether emotionally, mentally, physically, and in your work and business. Many times, more is not better. Inversely, when you clear your space of things that do not serve you, you make more room for growth in the areas that serve you.
  4. ‘No’ is your friend. It is okay to decline responsibilities and activities that will build up more stress for you. It is okay to not be disposed to help someone if helping them will be detrimental to you. No does not mean you are a bad person; it is an acknowledgement that you are a limited resource and you must manage yourself effectively to get the best out of you.
  5. Make time to refresh. Rest is your opportunity to refresh, recharge and replenish. Make time for fun and things that renew your energy. Listen to music. Play with friends and family. See a movie. Travel. Whatever helps you to recharge, make time for it.
  6. Show yourself some gratitude. Give yourself some credit. Celebrate yourself. Celebrating your little wins reinforces positively in your mind that you are making progress. This in turn builds up your positive emotions which helps your productivity.

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