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5 Ways to Cope with the Stress of Increased Living Costs

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The stress of increased living costs is being felt by millions all over the world. But there are some ways you can cope with feelings of anxiety over the current situation.

Write About Your Thoughts and Feelings
One of the best ways you can cope with worries, and stress in general, is to simply write about your thoughts and feelings in a journal. Writing about how you feel about something can help you recognize your inner sentiments that can be hard to reconcile. This method works so well for some people that it is a standard technique doctors use at any cognitive behavior therapy center. Journaling also helps you release negative thoughts from your mind and onto an external medium, like your journal. Of course, you can also make art, write lyrics, or start a blog.

Find Time to Reflect on Your Purchases
Increased costs are global. But one survey in the UK found that 70% of people worry about it. But any current crises around expenses and your quality of life aren't your fault. Additionally, you have more control over it than you think. One way to reduce the stress of increased costs is to spend less to have more for essentials. You can do this by reflecting on what you buy and practicing control over your impulses. It's helpful to take the time to decide between whether you are buying something you actually need or something you simply want.

Try Not to Worry About Increased Living Costs
It's easy to say, "don't worry about it." But it's a powerful piece of advice. Worry is a genuine emotion and is helpful for motivation. However, the cons are outright the pros. Worrying will cause undue stress, anxiety, and emotional instability. But how do you not worry about it? First, you can understand that the situation as a whole is out of your control. And you can do plenty of things to reduce the impact of increased costs. These include cutting unnecessary expenses, switching food brands, and being sensible with energy use. And it's temporary.

Share the Burden
The pressure of having to provide for your family can be overwhelming. And as a single parent, it can take a heavy toll. But you can alleviate some of the pressure by sharing the burden of increased costs. If you are a single parent, you have a legal right to child support from your ex-partner. Of course, in cases of death, this is impossible. But you can help reduce the stress by talking with friends and family or calling support lines for help and advice. Many support organizations can offer guidance and point you in the right direction for financial or mental help.

Understand Your Income and Expenditure
Most people worry about finances because they don't understand how to use money. One of the best ways to reduce the pressure and stress of worrying about increased costs is to know your income versus expenditure. You can easily do this by using a free spreadsheet app. First, list your bills, how much they are, and when they are due. Then subtract these from the total of your income sources. The result is how much you really have. If it's too low, go through your bill list and see what you can live without, such as a streaming channel you never watch.

Increased living costs are causing misery to millions. But you can help yourself cope with the stress by writing a journal, buying sensibly, and understanding where you are financially.