Welcome to 7 Steps to Financial Wellness with Manisha Thakor, MBA, CFA, CFP. In this video, Manisha will walk you through everything you need to know in order to get started with the program, including more information about each of the financial habits you'll learn to master. By the end of the program you’ll understand exactly how much money you have coming in, where it’s going out, and how to make the smartest choices about your money moving forward.
2. Financial Reality Check
Evaluating if you’re currently living within your means is by far the most important first step to achieving financial wellness. If you regularly spend more money than you earn, you’ll always have financial stress unless you start making some changes right now. In this video, Manisha will help you understand where you stand with this habit so you can get to a place where you have money remaining at the end of each month.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Change A Negative Mindset
When you’re feeling stressed, low or anxious, it’s common to experience negative thoughts. Once you start dwelling on one of these negative thoughts, it often leads to another, and before you know it, you’re stuck in a cycle of negative thinking that ends up making you feel even more stressed out and worried. In this session, Dr. Catherine shares a mindfulness technique that can enable you to respond to negative thoughts in a different way. Practicing this technique can help you to feel calmer, less overwhelmed by negative thoughts, and more able to cope with stressful situations.
6. Positive Affirmations for Confidence
Positivity goes a long way in helping you to build a happier life. An affirmation is a statement we say to ourselves in order to re-wire our thoughts. Much like exercise, the repetition of positive affirmations can raise our level of feel-good hormones and completely change our mood. In this session Julie will share with you, four of her favourite positive affirmations for greater confidence, self-love and gratitude.
7. How To Do a Digital Detox
Are you ready to invigorate your life by taking a digital detox? The average person spends a significant amount of time each day checking their devices and this often leads to overwhelm and mental stress. The good news is, we all have the power to limit the amount of interruptions caused by our digital devices. In this session, Julie shares her advice on how you can kickstart a 'digital detox' and reap the benefits of having more time and energy throughout your day.
8. Daily Habits for Stress Relief
In order to make long-term change, we need to commit to daily practices that will allow us to clear our minds, feel more in control, and adopt a more positive, capable outlook.Changing our patterns of behavior can feel challenging at first but there are a few ways you can make it easier. In this session, Dr. Catherine will discuss how we can better manage stress long-term by learning to become more decisive, streamlining our schedules, decluttering our environments and becoming more focused on our physical health and wellbeing. The session will conclude with a guided 'Peaceful Place' visualization that you can practice whenever you start to feel anxious or tense.