Ellen Rohr: How NOT to Worry about Money

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo – Financial guru Ellen Rohr joins us with tips on how not to worry about money.

“Monkey Mind” – That’s when your mind races from thought to thought, as fear and worry and anxiety build. Can you relate to that? It can be exhausting. The worst part is waking up in the middle of the night and not being able to go back to sleep. Thoughts are scarier in the dark. You wonder…can you make payroll? Can you make rent? What happens if something happens to you, or if a family member gets sick?

* What’s the risk?

  • Statistics: 40 million Americans suffer from generalized anxiety, panic disorder or social anxiety.
  • Anxiety is stressful, and stress creates physical symptoms of disease. Everything from headaches to depression to cancer is caused by or compounded by stress.
  • 85% of what we worry about never comes to pass.

* Meditation…can be difficult.

  • Clear your mind. Really?
  • Mindfulness may be easier to grasp. Being Mindful is being present. When we are willing to let go of thoughts of the past and the future, we are left with now, and now is problem-free.

ABC News Anchor Dan Harris had an anxiety attack on air. His stressful life was taking a toll. He decided that if meditating could make him just 10% happier, it was worth a try. His story and techniques are approachable for even the most skeptical.

When you start to “wind up” pause to take a breath and make a choice. Instead of mulling over potential financial crisis, you might open up the accounting program and take a look at the numbers. If you’ve fallen behind on the bookkeeping, take the time to get the numbers entered. Knowing is less stressful than not knowing.
 

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