"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

"I think there is beauty in everything. What 'normal' people perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it."—Alexander McQueen

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Coping After a Major Financial Setback

Are you currently stressed out because of your financial situation? Know that you are not alone. According to a recent survey, 77% of Americans are financially stressed.

A major financial loss comes with many consequences. It is not just your quality of life that will be affected, but your emotional and mental health as well. The good news is, there are ways you can get back on your feet even after experiencing a major financial loss.

Understand the cause of your financial stress

The best way to bounce back higher after a major fiscal fail is to find ways to prevent this from happening again in the future. To do this, you must first identify the reasons why you are now experiencing a financial crisis. Ask yourself how you ended up suffering such a hard fall.

Is it because of your irresponsible spending habits? Did you fail to establish SMART financial goals? Was it because of a bad decision? Or maybe you were thrown or taken advantage of? Answering these questions will help you easily identify and understand why you are now experiencing such a bad financial state.

Construct your new financial goals

couple talking to a financial coachNow that you know why you failed in the financial department, it is time to re-establish new goals. When constructing new financial objectives, determine what matters to you the most and separate these between long and short-term goals. Remember to use the SMART goal setting method. Don’t forget to take into consideration the important things. This includes your remaining resources, how much money you make, spend and owe, and what liabilities you are currently facing.

Craft a financial plan that suits your situation and start moving

The earlier you accept your current financial crisis and the earlier you take action, the better your results will be. It is not enough that you acknowledge your existing pain points. It is a must that you stop wallowing in self-pity and start doing something to change your financial situation for the better. After setting new financial goals, it is time to create a plan of action and start moving.

You can start by adjusting your budget, increasing your income, and start saving more. Stop wasting your precious resources on things you don’t actually need. Don’t forget to find ways to reduce your spending.

For instance, if you are still paying for a home loan, you can consider mortgage refinancing to lower your monthly mortgage payment. You can cash in a considerable amount of money if you choose to refinance from your home equity. Create a debt payment plan and while you’re at it, stop yourself from acquiring more credit under your name. It is also a good idea to start seeking professional help so you can navigate your current financial picture.

There is no easy way to deal with a financial setback. There are things you can do to stop this from happening and ruining your life. But if you do encounter such a huge financial crisis, know that it is not the end of the world. Everyone can be susceptible to financial problems but you can always make a comeback only if you are willing to work hard for it.

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