Mental health and financial health are two aspects of our lives that are often closely linked. The way we feel about ourselves, our relationships, and our sense of purpose can have a significant impact on our financial well-being, and vice versa. Let’s take a look at how we can improve our mental and financial health with these tips.

Prioritize self-care

Make time for activities that bring you joy and reduce stress, such as exercise, meditation, or spending time with loved ones. Here are two ways to get started that take only 10 minutes:

Create a budget and stick to it

Creating a budget can help you manage your finances and reduce financial stress. Make a plan for how much you will spend on different categories, such as housing, food, and entertainment.

Seek professional help

If you’re struggling with mental health or financial issues, seeking help from a professional can provide you with the resources and support you need to improve your situation. We understand that those things often cost money you may not have, so here are some free resources that may help.

Free mental health resources:

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): NAMI is a national organization providing education, support, and advocacy for people with mental illness and their families. They offer free support groups, educational programs, and resources.
  • 7 Cups: 7 Cups is an online emotional support service that provides free chat-based counseling with trained listeners. They also offer affordable online therapy services with licensed therapists.

Free financial health resources:

  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC): NFCC is a national nonprofit that provides free credit counseling, debt management, and financial education services. They also offer a national helpline (1-800-388-2227).
  • Financial Coaching Corps: Financial Coaching Corps is a nonprofit that provides free financial coaching services to low-income families and individuals. They offer one-on-one coaching sessions and financial education workshops.

Build a support network

Surround yourself with friends and family who support and encourage you, and seek out groups or organizations that provide resources and support for mental and financial health.

By taking care of ourselves mentally and financially, we can lead happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. Remember to check-in on yourself and your health throughout the year!