Just about everyone has worried about money at one time or another. Some people worry much more than others because of their own financial situations, but no one is immune. One particularly anxiety-inducing scenario is when you are paying down debt. This is a situation that I know all too well. I can attest to the fact that forking over hundreds if not thousands of dollars to a faceless company can really sting after a while. It can even make you lose your cool if you are not careful.
Remind Yourself Why You Are Doing This
I know it can be dreadful to pay back debt. I have been there too with credit card debt and I am still paying off my student loans. Sometimes it hurts to see all those dollars leaving my bank account every month. One thing I like to do is to remind myself why I am paying off debt in the first place. Think to yourself how good it will be to finally be debt free. Imagine running through the streets with a great big smile on your face because you are officially free from the shackles of debt. Or maybe this is just me? Well, it will be a great feeling nonetheless.
Surround Yourself With Supportive People
One of the biggest ways to fail is to only associate with people who may put you on a path to financial destruction. Being around people that will support you and motivate you is key. Otherwise, financial chaos can ensue. There is nothing better than breaking bread among friends especially if it is the dollar loaf from the supermarket. The point is that being frugal is so much easier when there are others to share and support you. The same is true for your finances as well as your life.
One of the hardest things to do when paying down debt is to keep perspective. Remember that it is a blessing just to be able to have the funds to pay down debt. If you are fortunate to be able to save and pay down debt, knowing that you are putting yourself on the road to financial happiness is a thought that can keep you going. Keeping a positive perspective is the right mindset to keep you out of trouble. Remember that buying that nice pair of jeans is going to keep you that much farther from reaching your goals. They may look nice today but they may cost you that much more in interest and credit card bills later down the line.
Keeping calm when getting rid of that dreaded dead is of utmost importance. There may be times where you may want to pull your hair out or even quit altogether. Finding ways to stay calm and moving forward are what is going to keep you from going nuts. If you ever feel like you are losing your nerve, remember these tips and you will be right back on the path to economic success.
- Natalie Alex