Money & My Mental Health
Whether you have a lot or a little, money features in our everyday lives and the effect it has on our mental wellbeing is discussed far too infrequently. We blame it on ‘being British’ - but it’s time we stopped hiding and start breaking down the barriers around money talk. One of the main drivers for launching my platform, This Girl Talks Money, is the lack of open discussion about money and the scarcity of accessible, simple information. Being a textbook millennial, I care about making a positive change in the way we approach conversations about money and improving access to knowledge to enable every person to feel more confident with money.
My approach to money and the mentality I have towards money has been critical in my decision to leave a high paying secure career path to pursue a more creative, less reliable freelance career. I can’t pretend that at times, I often envy the position I could have been in financially had I stayed in an environment which was sadly damaging my mental health.
One thing I often discuss on my channels comes from my first-hand experience: money really is not an end goal but a tool, and should be treated as one. The trouble here is that using a tool requires a level of knowledge which isn’t being taught, so money is left to be figured out alone.
Fear surrounding money and scarcity of funds, most commonly due to a lack of knowledge about personal finance, taxes and all things money related, frequently results in decision-making based purely on finances. Only when people see their bank accounts looking healthy but they feel unfulfilled do they realise that they have been working for money; money hasn’t been working hard for them. From my experience, understanding the role of money and how to control and maximise my own finances regardless of income has been essential to my money mindset and is something I feel every individual can benefit from. In a time where our mental health is being put under pressure from all directions, empowering each other and ourselves to manage money confidently is one clear way we can help protect our wellbeing.
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