Are you waiting to live? Discover habits that can help you level up your finances, curb overspending, and get you on the path to financial freedom.
Tired of feeling like you have to put your life on hold until your finances catch up? Feel like staying home is the only way to save money and avoid overspending? Starting to believe physical rewards such as over-the-sea bungalow vacations aren’t as realistic as they seem online? You're right...but only to a certain extent.
As someone who’s lived through poverty to reach upper-middle-class status, financial scarcity is a mindset my life used to center around. It seemed like the more money was accessible to me, the more my living expenses went up. Which felt amazing and like an accomplishment until it didn’t. I’m also someone who prefers doses of luxury over the essentials or “what gets the job done”. But as my financial status began to improve, I quickly had to learn how to balance the two before I found myself seriously hitting rock bottom. If you can relate to any of those feelings, this article will give you the guidance, motivation, and tips you can start using right now to kickstart your journey toward financial freedom and security.
Implement Daily Mindfulness Practices
Take A Money Breath
Implement Daily Mindfulness Practices
Start an honest conversation about budgeting with yourself. Spend 10-15 minutes per day journaling or meditating on spending habits you observe. Beware: While reflecting on your finances, you may experience beginner’s relief at first — when you hit your fourth day of consistency and feel like all of your financial worries, concerns, or issues have been resolved just like that. While the relief may feel good temporarily, you might find that the feeling doesn’t remain. When you slip, remind yourself that lasting change takes time. Sooner than you expect, you will see yourself on paper, calling yourself in. Because of that belief, the beginning of your mindfulness practice trial period may be a little rocky. But, sooner than expected you’ll begin to see yourself on paper…the essentials to calling yourself in.
"Spending money is much more difficult than making money.” — Jack Ma
There are various mindfulness practices that are quick, simple, and require very little to implement into your daily routine. Journaling and meditation are great resources that you can whip out at any time you want a quick session. But those aren’t the end-all-be-all. Here are some other mindfulness practices you can take with you anywhere, on any day, to help you manage your money mindset:
1. Visualize Your Goals
What do you want your finances to look like and what do you want to show for them? For example, do you aspire to live a luxury lifestyle everyone can admire or would you prefer to live minimally with financial security at the forefront? Once you visualize your goals, clarifying your spending routine will be easier.
2. Eliminate Your "Earn More, Spend More" Mindset
Too many of us fall into the trap of spending money as it grows on trees whenever we get that pay raise, bonus, promotion, or start a new job. While it can feel great to treat yourself, don’t set yourself up for failure. When your finances improve don’t throw away your old spending and saving habits. Find practical ways to treat yourself as you would if you were still making your previous salary.
Find yourself still struggling with discipline? I’ve been there. Sometimes telling yourself to spend money practically is easier said than done. When you find yourself having a hard time reeling your spending habits back in, put yourself on a strict schedule where you revisit your goals regularly. It can also help to focus on one goal at a time.
3. Spend Less Time On Social Media
When you see less of what other people are buying and less of the lifestyles you desire, you’ll focus less o what’s unattainable for you in the present moment.
Note: this doesn’t mean to abandon your goals. In fact, by focusing less on what everyone else is doing, you’ll be able to tune into the intention behind your spending and work your way closer to your goals. Slow and steady really do win the race.
4. Be Consistent
Take these mindfulness practices day by day to build a self-sustaining routine for yourself. The more you practice financial mindfulness, the more you’ll save and the better you’ll feel about the subject in general.
Eventually you’ll be able to identify your feelings, thoughts, or emotions around your spending habits, when you spend money, and why. From there, you’ll slowly get better at creating practical, self-guided boundaries for your finances according to your goals.
Identify the outliers. Do you have unpaid student loans? Credit cards with outstanding balances? An AfterPay (or other installment payment app) still lingering from your latest SheIn package? Make a game plan by targeting the most realistic expenses first. For example, if you have $20,000 in outstanding student loans, but $500 on your credit card and $300 on your AfterPay, consolidate your focus to the expenses that you’re able to pay down, or off, quicker. Not only will you be motivated to manage your money wiser once you get that instant gratification from paying off a smaller bill, but you’ll also cross one pending item off of your to-do list and improve your credit score while at it.
Take A Money Breath
You want to improve your finances? Worry less about them. So many people are stunted by financial fears and concerns that they become too stagnated to find a place to even start. As soon as you make improving your finances your goal, identify a starting point and let the rest go…for now. Remember that you can start small before working your way up to a larger goal. This creates milestones that are much more attainable which later becomes evidence that you can solve financial issues that are more complicated. Use this proof as motivation that you can reach your goals when you start to falter or doubt your abilities.
But the best piece of advice I can give you? Your path to financial abundance and freedom starts with consistency and transparency. Traits that you’ll naturally grow into the more you practice mindfulness every day. How great would it feel to lighten your financial burden? Your journey toward liberation starts today.
Feeling motivated to realign your life with your goals and interests? Head to “Simple Mindfulness Practices to Improve Your Life” to kickstart a lighter life altogether.
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