If you have ever been overwhelmed with debt, you will understand how psychologically stressful it can be on a person. I remember being so burdened down with debt that it extremely depressing. Debt can leave you feeling less confident, can put a strain on relationships, and completely zap the life out of your ambitions. It is difficult to focus on your ambitions or much of anything for that matter when you are overcome with debt.
Did you realize there are psychological effects from spending? While spending money can be gratifying at the moment, the fact of dealing with the debt that may come along with it can quickly eliminate that gratifying feeling by causing stress. Some of the common effects of stress are fatigue, sleep problems, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, depression, angry outbursts, and social withdrawal (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987).
Remember, too, that debt issues may have bad memories associated with them. If medical bills, divorce, or reckless behavior caused your debt problems, then these are certainly not experiences you want to continue to dwell on.
I have good news, though. There are also benefits from becoming debt-free. Just consider a few of those benefits.
First, your self-esteem can be restored once you work your way through debt. Once you feel self-confident you will be more likely to set other goals for your life. I have experienced this type of self-confidence from paying off debt. Once you see that your goals can be achieved, you will soon realize that practically any reasonable goal can be reached if you have enough resolve and desire to do so.
Second, think of what happens when you feel good about yourself and have a less stressful life. Don’t you feel better physically, mentally, and emotionally? Your relationships can also improve as a result of these psychological changes. Plus, you might even begin to pursue those dreams you once had or create new dreams you wish to achieve.
Finally, becoming debt-free can help you resolve to never get burdened with debt again. A disciplined life is an added benefit and can help you in your career and other areas of your life.
Remember, it’s never too late to start getting out of debt, no matter how deeply indebted you are. You have to start somewhere and sometime so why not start today? You can do this! It will benefit you and your family and will change your life forever! Take at least one step today towards living a debt-free life, no matter how small. You’ll be glad you did!