By Alan Prahl

While the country was enjoying the picnics and fireworks of July Fourth, many people who have financial challenges don’t feel like celebrating. Thankfully, it is often possible to regain peace of mind.

Here are six common expressions of financial frustration.

“I feel like we’re living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

“I’m tired of these bills.”

“These medical bills are overwhelming.”

“When it comes to money, my boyfriend and I aren’t on the same page.”

“I’ve been struggling with money ever since my divorce.”

“I can only afford to make minimum payments.”

Many people want to pay off debt or improve their situation, but life happens. There isn’t enough money to pay off the credit card bill, so we send in the minimum payment, thinking we’ll catch up next month. Then, someone gets sick or there are car repairs, and last month’s good intentions become a painful memory and ongoing source of frustration. We wonder if we’ll ever catch up.

Don’t be embarrassed if you have felt this way. Many people do. Financial problems can lead to physical and emotional problems, like headaches, anxiety, sleepless nights and arguing with others. Don’t ignore these signs because the problems will not go away on their own.

If you are feeling frustration, it’s time to examine your situation. What is causing your financial stress? What would life be like if you were free of your financial stress?

If you want more peace of mind about money, a financial coach can often offer encouragement and insight. She can help you get a clear picture of your financial situation, reduce anxiety and suggest options to improve it. Contact FISC today.