This past weekend was a bit of a working weekend. The Boy and I spent the majority of the long weekend picking up supplies and working on my house. We managed to knock a reasonable number of tasks off my to do list, so I’m pretty happy about that.
I wrote up a list of things I wanted to finish last Friday on my break at work, and did a mental tally of approximately how much money it would cost to pick everything up. Anyone who has done home renovations before is pretty well aware that the costs aren’t generally insignificant. That doesn’t mean that the work doesn’t need to be done however.
Later that afternoon, I noticed my hands were shaky. They do that periodically, but I noticed they were also accompanied by more anxiety than I considered normal. I’d been having a pretty decent week at work, I was working on a report I could really sink my teeth into, and I had pretty awesome plans in a couple hours as soon as I got off work. Why on earth was I anxious?
I wracked my brain and came back to the list I had made myself earlier in the afternoon. Looking over it again I decided it was too much money to be spending in one weekend, so I cut some of the larger tasks out of the list in favour of finishing up a bunch of smaller projects that always seem to fall by the wayside.
Just like that the anxiety was gone.
It never ceases to amaze me how strongly my financial wellbeing is linked to my emotional and physical well being. From the time I made the list to the time I relieved the stress, it was maybe two hours. Had the same thing happened two years ago, I probably would have been convinced there was something wrong with me.
Looking back on other times of stress in my life, I wonder how much money played a role. Would I have stressed less during my university exams if I knew I had more money in the bank? Would some of my more stressful job experiences have been more manageable if I felt financially secure? Would my beater conking out on me have been less of an issue if I had ample money for a new(er) car sitting and waiting? I don’t know. I’d be willing to guess it probably would have decreased my stress levels at least a little.
How about you guys? When was the last time you noticed your finances were affecting you physically and made a change to fix the problem?