Money Matters: Financial Pressures and Their Effect on Mental Health

Money Matters. How we feel about it, talk about it, and interact with it has a profound effect on our mental health. In this uncertain economic environment, with food, fuel, and energy prices constantly on the rise, many people are feeling the pressure of financial concerns. Money worries can take a toll on one’s mental well-being, leading to increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. This can impact all areas of one’s life, from work to personal relationships. Financial pressure can also cause physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and difficulty sleeping. In this blog article, we look at the effects of financial pressures and ways to deal with this type of stress.

1. What are financial pressures and how do they affect mental health

Financial pressures are any stress or anxiety that is caused by money-related concerns. Obviously, people face different types of financial pressure depending on their individual circumstances. For example, someone who is living paycheck to paycheck may have a very different set of concerns than someone who has a bit of a savings cushion.

Some of the most common financial pressures include:

• Not being able to make ends meet: This is the number one pressure for many people. It can be incredibly stressful not knowing if you’ll be able to pay your bills or cover your basic expenses.

• Debt: Credit card debt, student loans, and mortgage payments can all create a significant amount of stress.

• Unexpected expenses: Car repairs, medical bills, and home repairs are just a few examples of unexpected expenses that can cause stress.

At this point in time, with the increases in the cost of living across the board, many people have concerns over their finances, alongside the unpredictable economic environment. Understanding what elements, in particular, are creating stress helps you to see the real situation. Some people can put all their worries together, creating a big ball of anxiety. Getting clear on what the main issue is, will help you focus on where you need support.

2. The effects of financial pressure on mental health

The effects of financial pressure on mental health can be significant. When people are constantly worried about money, it can take a toll on their mental well-being. Financial pressure can lead to both physical and emotional symptoms.

For many, the constant worry can also make it difficult to concentrate and focus, which can impact productivity at work or home. It can affect how you see the world or situations, affecting your “normal” reaction. And this can cause relationship conflicts and lead to social isolation, both at work and at home.

Do remember that stress is the body’s natural response to a perceived threat. When someone is under financial pressure, their body may react as if they are in danger, even if there is no immediate threat. This can lead to physical symptoms such as headaches, muscle tension, and difficulty sleeping. Over time, chronic stress can also lead to more serious health issues.

If you are feeling overwhelmed by financial pressure, it is important to seek help. There are many resources available, including counselling services, debt counselling, and financial planning advice.

3. How to deal with the stress of financial pressure

As mentioned before everyone, one situation is different. Below are some general tips to help and support you.

Seek help:

If you are feeling overwhelmed by financial pressure, it is important to seek help. There are many resources available, including counselling services, debt counselling, and financial planning advice.

Talk to Occupational Health:

Many small businesses have specialised occupational health support. Do speak to them to see what additional support or help they can offer. They will often have a wide knowledge of helping people with all types of stress and anxiety. 

Reduce your expenses:

One way to reduce the stress of financial pressure is to find ways to cut back on your expenses. See if there are any areas where you can make cuts, and try to create a budget that works for you.

Get organised:

One of the best ways to deal with financial stress is to get organised. Make a list of all your debts and payments, and track your spending so you have a better understanding of where your money goes each month.

Talk about it:

Financial stress can be incredibly isolating, but talking about it can help ease the burden. Talk to friends or family members about your concerns, or join a support group for people dealing with money-related issues.

Take a break:

When you feel overwhelmed by financial pressure, take some time for yourself. Relaxing activities like reading, listening to music, or taking walks can help clear your mind and de-stress you temporarily.

4. Resources for those struggling with money and mental health in the UK

Money is one of the leading causes of stress in the UK. If you are feeling overwhelmed by financial pressure, it is important to seek help. There are many resources available, including counselling services, debt counselling, and financial planning advice. Below are some helpful resources.

1. The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute

2. Citizens Advice

3. The National Debtline

4. Mind

5. The Samaritans

Conclusion

Money is one of the leading causes of stress in the UK. When people are constantly worried about money, it can take a toll on their physical and mental well-being. This can impact all areas of a person’s life, including work and personal relationships. It can also make it difficult to concentrate and focus, which can impact productivity at work or school. In addition, money-related stress can cause relationship conflicts and lead to social isolation. Over time, chronic stress can also lead to more serious health problems. If you are feeling overwhelmed by financial pressure, it is important to seek help. There are many resources available, including counselling services, debt counselling services and debt consolidation advice. Even though it may feel like you are the only person to be dealing with this issue, know that you are not alone and there are support networks ready to help you.

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I am the Founder and Clinical Director of SKC Occupational Health. Any opportunity to discuss workplace health I grasp it as I am passionate about occupational health and the value it has in business.

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