Why We're Not Asking, "What If?"

We're Taking Each Moment For What It's Worth

by Kate Hynson

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Financial Frequency. myWellness

August 21, 2019 .2 min read

This summer, we’ve taken some time to have mindful moments for ourselves and allow ourselves to find what works best to keep the stress away and the relaxation present in our lives. 

Summer is typically a time of vacations and sunshine before the craziness of life picks back up again in the fall. A busier schedule can often come with a feeling of always looking ahead to what the next item is on your agenda, preventing you from being fully present where you’re at right now. 

Now that we’ve conquered the battle of stress, we’re focusing on being present and living in the moment, not looking in the rearview mirror or constantly wondering what’s next. There are a few things to remember that might help you out.

1) Worrying Won’t Change It

So often we can be consumed by the worries and the “what if’s.” But worrying about what might happen in the future won’t change anything about the present. If you spend your time constantly worrying about what might happen, you’ll find that most of the time those fears and “what if’s” don’t come to fruition. If you feel that you’re not able to live in the moment because of the “what if’s,” try carving out a little extra time for a mindful moment to reset your mind. 

2) Living in Future Can Take Your Joy of the Present 

Thinking about the future or the past can take you away from experiencing the joy that comes with the present moment.

If you’re out with friends or at your son’s soccer game, but you’re thinking about the presentation you have at work next week, you’re going to miss all the joy that could come from watching your kids play sports or having some much-needed time with friends. These moments with family and friends are meant to give you a break from the stress of work or worries of life, so let them.

These are opportunities for you to refuel with the people who are important to you. The work will be there after the soccer game or night out, so don’t let it consume your mind and take you away from those happy moments.  

3) You’re Financially Prepared 

Organization can be vital in helping you make the most of everything you have going on!

The myWorth Monthly Money Checklists are great tools to help you stay organized and up-to-date with where your finances are. You can also utilize some of the money apps we’ve shared. These will help you to set up a budget and even start planning for your financial future.

When your finances are in order or on their way to being in order, you won’t be as overwhelmed by the items on your schedule that are supposed to be fun. This checklist will help give you the peace of mind that you need to know that you’re financially prepared and can fully enjoy the vacation you’ve planned or a weekend with your family. 

Your calendar isn’t meant to be only be filled with work items and necessary to-dos. It’s all about balance and finding time for family and friends, and of course - yourself is just as important. Keep your personal needs in mind as you build out your schedule each month. It doesn’t have to be summer for you to have some time for yourself and the people or activities that you love.

in this issue

  • working more flexibly
  • continuing your education
  • transitioning to retirement
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