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CourseManaging Financial Stress

Managing Financial Stress

Approaching money challenges with patience and kindness can change the way it impacts your mental health. In this 10-day course, we’ll explore ways to see finances with compassion, and share helpful tips on mindful spending based on advice from financial wellness expert Alex Holder.

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Hi, and welcome to this course on financial stress. So you might be brand new to meditation or perhaps you've been doing it for a while. Either way, the skill of meditation is something that can be used in all aspects of your life. We're training the mind to be more present, connected, and compassionate so that we have this space to address challenges in a skillful way. Financial issues are extremely stressful and more common than you think, and it can feel very isolating. So if you are experiencing a lot of stress regarding your finances, please know you're not alone. More than that, when we're in a vulnerable and difficult situation with our finances, it can take a huge toll on our mental health and we can be left feeling totally debilitated and trapped. This course is designed to help calm the panic you might be feeling, so you're better able to step back and to find ways to start to change your relationship and perspective with money. We'll explore ways to review our financial circumstances in an honest and kind way, how to talk about money, and some helpful tips on budgeting and mindful spending. I was very fortunate to spend some time virtually with a wonderful lady called Alex Holder, who has written a book called "Open Up: The Power of Talking About Money." Many of the tips I share with you were from conversations I had with her and from reading her book. So, I recommend you checking it out as well. Financial stress comes in all shapes and sizes. So whether you're here due to credit card debt, student loans, fallout from a relationship, job loss, or perhaps you're holding down multiple jobs, your worries are your worries. When we're stressed, we're in fight-flight or freeze mode. We almost become paralyzed to do something about a problem, and it can become quite troublesome. We start to apply that stress to areas of our life where it's not necessary, where it's not helpful, and it can start to become quite destructive. So for this course, we're going to use a labeling or noting technique. Don't worry if you haven't done this before. I'll guide you through each step. This technique really helps you to notice when you get caught up in negative rumination, so you're better placed to start to break those thought patterns that are so unhelpful. But right now I'd like you to just take a moment to get comfortable, wherever you're sitting. Eyes open, nice, upright back, and relaxed shoulders. And when you're ready, just start by taking some nice, big, deep breaths. Breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth. And on your next out breath, just gently closing the eyes and returning your breath to normal, in and out through the nose. As you just settle in to the different physical senses, your body pressing down in the seat beneath you, hands in the lap, just aware of...


# of sessions10
Duration10-20 min

About your teachers

  • A former Buddhist monk, Andy has guided people in meditation and mindfulness for 20 years. In his mission to make these practices accessible to all, he co-created the Headspace app in 2010.

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  • Eve is a mindfulness teacher, overseeing Headspace’s meditation curriculum. She is passionate about sharing meditation to help others feel less stressed and experience more compassion in their lives.

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  • As a meditation teacher, Dora encourages others to live, breathe, and be with the fullness of their experiences. She loves meditation’s power to create community and bring clarity to people’s minds.

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  • Kessonga has been an acupuncturists, therapist, and meditation teacher, working to bring mindfulness to the diverse populations of the world.

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  • Rosie Acosta has studied yoga and mindfulness for more than 20 years and taught for over a decade. Rosie’s mission is to help others overcome adversity and experience radical love.

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