If summer’s self-care mood is “treat yourself,” then fall’s self-care mood is “let’s do the damn thing.” Enter: financial self-care. Because a) summer was expensive (lookin’ at you, peak wedding season), b) September is Self-Care Month anyway (it’s a thing) and c) getting your money stuff in order feels great.
It’s good for present-day you: Sometimes the best way to beat stress is to look the stressful thing in the eye and conquer it. And it’s good for Future You, too — the sooner you get started, the more time you have to work toward your goals. And it’s good for stress: In one survey, 73% of people who had clear financial goals also said they had lower stress levels. Plus, like with any self-care practice, the more consistent you are with it, the better it gets.
So here’s your fall financial self-care checklist. Sharpen some pencils, pull out the chunky sweater (that it’s probably still too hot to wear), and get ready to set some intentions. Pumpkin spice latte optional.
Originally published on Ellevest.
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