Money can, unexpectedly perhaps, be a deeply emotional, personal and charged topic… and while it’s certainly not everything, it kind of is, if that makes sense?
It’s about you, your family, what you value and how you live your life, where you choose to put your attention and energy – as well as the more obvious concrete things like bills, budgeting (or not), bank accounts and so on.
You’re not alone if you find yourself feeling stressed and hopeless about finances, and I encourage you to reach out, in the service of your health and wellbeing. Australia is a lucky country in so many ways (even though our cost of living is incredibly high); there are people that you can turn to. These are a few places that offer free budgeting advice and financial counselling:
- Uniting Care’s National Debt Helpline: ring 1800 007 007; you can also visit this page for resources
- The South Australian Government have resources and information here and here
- The Salvation Army
- The St Vincent de Paul Society (Vinnies)
“Money skills are not a nice to have, they’re a fundamental”
This article from the ABC has a useful message for us all from 73 year old Robin Dougherty. Robin was diagnosed with cancer at 73 and had to stop working; but decades of being careless with money meant that she didn’t have a safety net to fall back on…
You could also check out this post on ways to manage stress, and this one, on little things you can do today, to give yourself some extra support and to make your life better. This post may help you to manage worry.
If you know of any other resources, including blogs/books/podcasts which might be helpful to people, please do let me know.