When was the last time you made a great financial decision when you were stressed, worried or anxious about money?
When I'm anxious, I can't visualize or do positive affirmations when I'm anxious.
And please don’t even tell me to be grateful when I’m anxious or panicking about money because gratitude is the last thing I want to feel!
How to overcome anxiety about money
1. Do EFT Tapping
2. Sit with the anxiety
Whenever I feel anxious about money I sit down and focus on the part of my body where I feel the anxiety, usually it’s my stomach or my throat and I see the colour and the shape of this anxiety on my body and ask out loud - what thoughts are causing this sensation.
And then I just sit and observe both the sensations and thoughts that come up.
3. Question the beliefs that are giving rise to anxiety
When I made the decision to move from Boston,, MA to South Africa, my anxiety was at an all-time high - I had no job, no clients and very little money.
I was convinced I was going to starve.
I deeply believed this was the worst idea I'd had in a while.
I had no business network in South Africa and only had my family to rely on, so I knew I was going to starve.
So I questioned this belief using the work of Byron Katie:
If I move back home, I will starve
The Byron Katie Method involves a series of 4 questions:
~ Is this true
Yes, past experience had taught me that I need to have all my ducks in a row before making such major decisions
~ Can you know that this is true?
No, because Im not God so I can tell the future
~ How do u react when you think this thought?
I get anxious
~ Who would you be without this thought?
I’d be less tense and more open to possibility.
~ Turn the thought around:
- If I move back home I will not starve and this is true because actually I have family at home
- If my thinking moves back home, my thinking will starve….
How do you react when you feel anxious about money?
How does your anxiety about money impact your financial behavior?
Let's talk in the comments section below.