Financial Wellness in Retirement: A Psychological Perspective

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Retirement – a milestone many of us look forward to, imagining days filled with leisure, pursuing hobbies, and spending time with loved ones. While retirement can indeed be a joyous phase of life, it also brings with it significant changes, particularly in our financial circumstances and daily routines. Take my client, Tom, as an example. … Read more

How to Have Constructive Financial Conversations with Your Partner

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Money matters are often a touchy subject in relationships, and for good reason. Disagreements over finances are a common source of conflict among couples. Whether it’s differing views on spending habits, hidden debts, or uncertainty over joint versus separate accounts, money issues can trigger intense emotions and strain relationships. However, these challenges do not mean … Read more

Mindful Money: Using Mindfulness Techniques to Improve Financial Wellness

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In the bustling whirlwind of our daily lives, mindfulness can be a serene oasis of calm. But what if we could extend that sense of calm to our finances? As a financial psychologist, I’ve seen how powerful this can be. In this blog post, we’ll explore how mindfulness techniques can be used to improve financial behaviors and alleviate financial stress.

Budgeting with Bipolar: Financial Highs and Lows

When it comes to managing finances, individuals with bipolar disorder face unique challenges. Bipolar disorder, characterized by alternating periods of elevated mood (mania) and depression, can significantly impact a person’s ability to make sound financial decisions. During manic phases, an individual might be prone to impulsive spending, taking on debts, or making high-risk investments. On … Read more

Unseen Burdens: The Hidden Financial Costs of ADHD

When most people think about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they think about the commonly known symptoms: hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. But there’s another, often overlooked aspect of ADHD that can have a significant impact on people’s lives—the financial implications. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the hidden financial costs that can accompany ADHD, … Read more

The Hidden Costs: Understanding the Financial Impact of Depression

Mental health and financial wellness are two aspects of our lives that are inextricably linked, yet this connection is often overlooked. We frequently compartmentalize these areas, treating them as separate entities when, in reality, they influence and shape one another deeply. I believe that to truly understand and master our financial lives, we must first … Read more

The Psychology of Spending: Why We Buy What We Buy

In the bustling aisles of a supermarket, a mother hastily grabs the candy bar her toddler insists on having, a teenager reaches out for the latest skincare product endorsed by his favorite influencer, and an elderly woman finds solace in buying another knitting kit despite having a closet full of them. Unbeknownst to them, they’ve … Read more

Navigating the Choppy Waters: Overcoming Financial Anxiety

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In the heart of a turbulent ocean, where waves rise and fall with a disquieting unpredictability, you might find a small boat navigating its way through. Each wave, a different challenge; each dip, a different fear. This boat, adrift yet determined, symbolizes my journey through financial anxiety—a journey that led me to the shore of … Read more

The Heart of Money: An Insight into Behavioral Economics

Behavioral economics is like the vibrant underpainting of a traditional economic canvas. It adds depth and color to the otherwise black-and-white world of traditional economics, painting a more holistic and realistic picture of how we make financial decisions. Simply put, behavioral economics is the study of psychology as it relates to the economic decision-making processes … Read more

Financial Wellness for Single Parents

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As a single parent, I often compare my financial journey to a solo climb up a mountain. The path is treacherous, with falling rocks in the form of unexpected expenses, and steep climbs of emotional trials and tribulations. But just as any seasoned mountaineer will tell you, it’s all about the right preparation, the correct … Read more