Dealing with debt is arguably one of the most stressful and confusing financial topics out there. In this session, Manisha will talk to you about into the importance of whittling away at your debt and share a simple 3-step process that will help you get started. She'll also cover a few important financing rules you’ll need to consider before making big purchase decisions.
2. Joy-Based Spending
Take your budgeting game to the next level by learning how to practice Joy-Based Spending. This technique helps you become more mindful of why you're spending (or overspending) and helps you feel truly in control of your finances through making sure you’re maximizing how you spend your hard-earned dollars.
3. Budgeting 101
Creating a monthly budget can feel daunting to the best of us; but it's a necessary tool for reducing your financial stress. The good news is that it doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. In this video, Manisha will introduce you to simple tools like the 50/30/20 balanced spending rule that will allow you to figure out where your money is being spent, and determine where tweaks are necessary moving forward.
4. Mountain Summit Sleep Story
Summit the peak of a majestic mountain in this soothing sleep story. Not only will the mediative tones of Natasha's voice lull you to sleep, this story will also help inspire a sense of opportunity and success.
5. Confident Communication
Not feeling properly heard and understood by other is a common trigger for stress, and can leave us resentful and unhappy. This session will focus on improving communication skills through developing assertiveness. Dr. Catherine will introduce you a script that you can try out using to help you to communicate more assertively and express your feelings effectively.
6. Manage Stressful Relationships
The relationships we have with other people can be a major source of stress in daily life. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through an exercise on how we can establish healthier boundaries with people who cause us stress and limit the way in which these interactions contribute to our stress levels. The exercise will be mainly focusing on your personal relationships as opposed to your professional ones.
7. Positive Self Talk
Stress can often make you focus on your perceived weaknesses and flaws. When you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it’s common to end up criticising and blaming yourself. A way of building up our resilience to stress is to learn to recognise your negative thought patterns and actively work to refocus your mind. In this exercise, we will use the technique of positive self-talk. I will help you to identify some of your key personal qualities and strengths. All you need for this exercise is a pen and paper.
8. Release Tension in the Body
One of the physical signs of stress is muscular tension throughout the body or in specific areas like the neck, shoulders, back and head. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through a Progressive Muscle Relaxation technique which will enable you to release tension in the body so that you can begin to feel more calm and relaxed.This exercise can be done sitting in a comfortable chair, at any point during the day, but it’s even better to do lying down, especially in bed at night.
9. Peaceful Mind Visualization
Visualization is an effective technique for managing both stress and anxiety. With practice, this technique can enable you to achieve a sense of relaxation in just a few minutes - perfect for when you’ve had a busy stressful day. In this session, Dr. Catherine will guide you through a visualization where you can imagine yourself in a peaceful and safe environment, somewhere that makes you feel calm, happy and relaxed. The more you practice this exercise, the more naturally you will be able to imagine yourself in your peaceful place, and the greater the relaxation effect will be.
10. Mindful Body Relaxation
When we are feeling very stressed, it’s easy to feel ‘stuck in our head’ and disconnected from our physical selves. In this session Dr. Catherine will guide you through a mindful body scan. This is a practice that aims to increase your awareness of the whole of your body to help you to feel calmer, more centred and grounded. You can do this any time of day, but you might like to try it when you’re lying in bed at night, or upon waking in the morning. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing.