My husband and I have been taking a wealth management class through our church, and one of the expectations is that you pay with cash to feel your money leaving your hands. Unfortunately, it's too easy to swipe a card and move on with your day. So we are trading the convenience of a credit or debit card for the more tactical experience of counting and handing over bills.
This change in our money habits has forced us to look at our spending patterns. Why do we feel the pull to spend? What triggers us? Is it hunger? Boredom? Jealousy? Behind our habits lie our emotions. And how are we coping these days? It's worthy of an investigation.
I encourage you to take any area of your life that you feel may need improvement. What might be the trigger for the behavior you want to change? How might you support that need inside you in a more healthy way?
I know many of my teacher friends lie awake at night with ruminating thoughts. It's easy to do because it is often the first time we are still. I used to be that way too, but luckily, I have found a way to calm my mind and fall asleep more quickly. So, if you are tired of staying up late overthinking everything, here are a couple of things to try that have worked for me.
Losing sleep because you are stressing about school is never fun. I've been there. By trying out these tips, I hope you can find an easier downshift at the end of the day.