Me Time Benefits You - and Your Wallet!

When famed author Louisa May Alcott said, “Keep good company, read good books, love good things and cultivate soul and body as faithfully as you can,” she likely had no idea that 150 years later, her words would still ring true. But she nailed the importance of self-care way before me-time became a familiar mantra. 

Self-care, in its simplest form, is making sure that you are doing the things you need to do to stay physically and mentally healthy. When you take care of yourself, you give your mind a rest and allow it to flourish.  This helps to bring clarity to your priorities and focus when it comes to your finances. Get in touch with what will make you happy, then put a plan in place to make it happen. 

Gain Financial Clarity with These 5 Activities:

The Write Stuff: Set your alarm for 30 minutes earlier than usual. When you get up, reach for a notebook and pen instead of your cell phone and write down where you would like to see yourself in 6 months, one year, and two years.  Once this picture is clear, you can organize your spending and savings to bring these ideas to fruition.  Committing a goal to paper gives it momentum, and before you know it, you’re on your way to achieving your dreams.

Engage in Reading Therapy: Take some time to learn and grow.  Also known as bibliotherapy, reading therapy is a growing psychological practice. Studies have shown that losing yourself in a good book makes you feel happier, promotes higher levels of self-esteem, and offers a greater ability to cope with challenges – financial or otherwise. 

Get Organized: Working in your home to clear clutter is a meditative task...especially if you play your favourite tunes and truly lose yourself in the process.  Getting organized will allow you to see what you need, what you already have, and what you no longer want to hold on to. Purging is great for your mental health and your wallet as it eliminates the desire to fill your home with items that you do not use.  Taking inventory in this way will give you a new perspective on which items are useful – and, more importantly, which are not!    

Set Life Goals: In a no-pressure way, jot down a list of things you want to accomplish, learn, try, and do. Just the act of creating this list will force you to stretch your mind and explore life’s possibilities. And from the list, you’ll be able to pluck out a few things (like an online cooking class or a small business tax tips course or saving for a special occasion) to get your finances working for you.

Social (distance) Visits:  Understand what is important by engaging with those you love.  When financial stress is weighing on, you take it down to the basics.  A good laugh with a friend will boost your mood and renew your energy.  We can all use a little (or a lot) of that!

Now, go, and celebrate all the beautiful things about you!!

At Gail Sylvester Mortgages, we are more than just mortgages. We look at your lifestyle, your financial goals, and your current situation to help you build a solid plan to reach the milestones you have set for yourself.  We are always here to help – contact us today to get started.