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The Financial Dimension of Self-Care

self-care Mar 04, 2020

The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework by LivingUpp™ offers a holistic approach to building a balanced, healthy life. The Financial Dimension of Self-Care focuses on how you allocate your resources. It involves your earning, spending, saving and giving habits.

In this dimension, you’ll explore your fiscal fitness—how you earn, spend, give, save, and manage your finances. By enlisting self-care strategies that support this dimension of your life, you'll be able to make better decisions that match the lifestyle you’re working toward creating.

Investing in this dimension helps you establish healthier habits that support your financial well-being.

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Here are some self-care strategies that support your financial dimension:

Define Your "Enough"

What does "enough" look like to you when it comes to your financial well-being? When you think about how much you really need to be healthy and happy, what exactly do you require?

How much does your lifestyle cost today? And how much will the one you're designing cost in the future?

First, consider your basic living expenses, like housing, food, transportation, and health care. Then, look at your future expenses, like retirement and any extras that make you happy. 

Spend some time with the question: How much is enough? (The answer isn't "more.")

Create a Budget

A budget gives you a snapshot of the resources coming in and going out. Having a clear picture of your finances is the only way to make better financial decisions. 

Whether you choose to use an app or good old fashioned pen and paper, creating a budget may just give you the reality check you need to make some changes.

One of my favorite quotes ever: 

"Not everyone realizes this but if you clean the pile of receipts out of a purse and stack them together it makes a tiny book about why you're broke." @PaigeKellerman 

Eliminate Debt

Eliminating debt frees up your time, energy, and financial resources so you can redirect your focus to what's most important. 

The stress and anxiety related to financial concerns can take a physical toll on your health and put a strain on your relationships. Left unchecked, it can even carry over into your work life as well.

While it does take some planning and a strong commitment, reducing debt opens up new opportunities, giving you the freedom and confidence to live in alignment with your values.

Build an Emergency Fund

Having an emergency fund to fall back on helps reduce the stress associated with unexpected expenses or changes in life circumstances.

Getting into the habit of squirreling away small amounts of money can really pay off in the long-run. It's never too late to start saving. 

Overall, the Financial Dimension of Self-Care helps you make better decisions about how you earn, save, spend and give your financial resources.   

What are some self-care strategies you use to improve your financial well-being? Share in the comments below.

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