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Money Tip: Focus on What You Do Have


It's so easy to get caught up in the general anxiety in the air and absorb other people's financial stresses, like co-workers or friends who can't seem to get enough money worries off their chests. During a time of heightened uncertainty it's only natural to want to talk about things in hope of some empathy or reassurance, but sometimes it just adds to your stress level rather than do anything to bring it down.

Margaret Wehrenberg co-author of The Anxious Brain has useful advice for how to cope with financial stress and says, “Think about what you’ve got in the now. Today you’re OK. Focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have.” Her suggestion to "worry once and do it well" is perhaps overly optimistic, though conquering anxiety with productivity (like meeting with a financial planner or updating your resume) is always a good idea.

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