As a high achieving woman, it can be easy to find yourself burnt out, exhausted, and feeling generally dissatisfied. When this happens, you decide it’s time to make a change and start taking care of yourself.
There are many ways to practice self care. You can do things like eat healthy, exercise, and spend more time with friends and family. You can do all of the things that help you reenergize, refocus, and get ready to conquer the world. Self care helps you show up as your authentic self and helps increase performance and happiness.
I don’t have to tell you about all the benefits of self care – chances are, you already know. I want to talk to you about why you aren’t practicing self care with your finances, and how you can start. I can’t tell you how many women are neglecting their finances while simultaneously telling me how they feel embarrassed, anxious, or afraid when it comes to their money situation – sound familiar?
If this is the case, why aren’t you doing anything about it? The same way you can’t lose that belly fat without diet and exercise, you can’t get your money right without showing those dolla dolla bills some TLC.
Financial self care has many benefits. It can lead to more money and time. More confidence and control. Smarter money habits. Increased knowledge and wisdom. Freedom from money blockers and limiting beliefs. The ability to turn your dream life into a reality. I mean, the list goes on and on.
You may be thinking you don’t have the time or the knowledge, or maybe that you can just do it later, but these are all just excuses you’re using to put it off, or things you tell yourself so you don’t have to take the steps to change. You may also have some limiting beliefs or money blockers holding you back.
Starting to gain an awareness on why you aren’t taking action can give you the information you need to start to move forward. You don’t have to wake up tomorrow as some finance wiz. Start small and be consistent. Commit 1 hour each month to work on your finances. Maybe it’s the first of the month or month end.
What are some things you can do during this time? Well, you can read articles, listen to a podcast, attend a workshop, or talk to a financial professional.
Whatever you do, keep consistent, make it manageable, and trust the process. Small, manageable actions steps taken over time will lead to results. Don’t be afraid to switch it up. If you start by reading articles and find you hate that, try going to a workshop next. You’ll figure out what works for you by trying things.
My challenge to you is to put this in your calendar. The same way you may put a night out or an exercise class in your calendar, give your money that same time and attention. I know this can be easier said than done. You may have blockers or resistance when it comes to money. If this is the case, reach out for support. I’m here to help you, give you ideas and resources, and even work with you as your coach.
In my next post, I’m going to talk about the 3 pillars of a financial self care practice, giving you some actionable steps that you can take right away.
In the meantime, take some action!