Over the last few months our world has flipped totally upside down. Since March 1 life went from normal to out of control. We are living through history and I hope that you’re taking care of your health, your family’s health, and your finances.
There are people that keep saying “well this is the new norm”, don’t speak that over your life. What’s happening is real but I am not going to claim sickness, death, depression, and unemployment as what my life will be. We are simply passing through a season. Because after winter comes spring. Your current location is not my final destination.
The first step to living your best life on a budget during this pandemic is your mindset. Getting into the right mindset is the equivalent to putting on your own oxygen mask before helping others. And that starts first and foremost with believing in YOU. You have the ability to do amazing things, but first, you must have the right mindset. The story of “The Little Engine that Could” has always been one of my favorites. The Little Engine went from “I think I can” too “I know I can”.
After you clear your mind and set a goal, create a budget. Most people are afraid to analyze their current position because they’re AFRAID of what they might find. You need to pause and punch fear in the face. But, If you want to succeed in living your best life on a budget, you need to set goals. Your budget should reflect your goal.
When creating your budget remember that your family comes first. Make sure your priorities are in order. Budget for those essentials like food, housing, and utilities first and foremost. A budget is not telling yourself “no.” In reality, a budget is just a tool that helps you say “yes” and not dig a hole for yourself in the process.
Focus turning your stress into productivity. Stress prevents productivity, which is why you need to learn how to manage your stress levels in order to become more productive. The way you react to any situation will determine the outcome. Give Yourself More Time and Take Breaks. Stress can ruin your life, but it only will if you let it. By learning to maintain your stress, you can become more productive, be happier, and learn how to look at the bigger picture of things.
While it’s natural to feel some extent of stress when it comes to some things in life; Stress shouldn’t dominate your day. I’m not talking about blind optimism. I am not saying that if you don’t think about it, it will go away. Whatever the stressful situation, if you can harness your energy toward practical solutions, then stress can actually help you through.
One of the things that you can do for living your best life on a budget during the pandemic is to Treat Yourself. You may be feeling stressed right now. Maybe you’re worried, anxious or overwhelmed. Maybe you’re not sleeping well, or you don’t have an appetite. Stress affects us all differently. It can take a toll on your mind. Self-care can be the best tool in lowering your stress levels and keeping yourself healthy. It’s not just pampering — it’s prioritizing yourself.
But it all starts with building the right mindset, click here where I go into the mindset in more details.