Stressing Out Over the Lack of Money?

Borrow money and borrow stress?

If you need to borrow money, better keep an eye on your mental health. Money and mental health walk together in steps, because when your income  slows down it puts a strain on your mental health, which can make you a patient without money, leaving you in a situation that calls for two options: borrowing money or leaving your bills unpaid and going to collections.

Current economic situation and debts

The current economic situation has been putting a lot of stress on people, especially those who have been at the receiving end of job losses and severe cuts in wages.  Add to this a mortgage, foreclosure or short term loan, and you have a ready made situation for deterioration of your mental health.

You wouldn’t be affected if you had enough insurance to cover the unexpected costs, but unfortunately most people don’t, which means they have to just put up with the added stress.  Mental health care is not cheap, and not having a job makes you scared of taking out another loan.

Some matters can be handled by you

Most cases of stress involve handling what you need to do to get out of the stressful situation.  It is imperative that you focus on what you are out to achieve, such as looking for a job. But if you keep spending time at the nearby bar or movie theater, then your problem will get worse, leaving you to borrow money constantly.

If you take care of what you can, most of the time, your stress and mental health will be improved. However, if you still feel a need for outside assistance, there are plenty of places where you can find the care cheap and at a cost you can afford. Many mental health care offices offer services on a sliding fee scale, based on financial need.

Stress related to debts

If you find yourself in debt and being harassed by creditors, you need to act fast. This can be really stressful, but you can still get out of it.  You need to accept the fact that you have to cut down on certain things and repay your debts to be free again.  After all, money has gotten you the mental problems.

A debt consolidation agency may help you more than a health care professional if your stress is all about money. For other issues, it still may be a good idea to see a professional.

Do not get into further debts

Make sure that you do not get into further debts of any kind unless you have sorted out your issues.  You are not helping yourself by borrowing money to improve your mental health.  On the contrary, you may be making it worse, and you need to be patient with the money you have and learn to manage things within your known sources of income.  Patience and a strong mind is required right now, and thinking otherwise will only keep you from hitting your ultimate goal of being debt free.

Bottom Line

If you still feel lost, start looking for some help online. If you must borrow money, be sure to know what you are getting into. You can find a number of counselors who are willing to assist you in a limited way.  If you must visit a health care professional as a patient without money, be prepared to wait for some time. There may be a long waiting list to get assistance.