Do you know that being broke can affect your mental state?
Did you know that being broke can affect your mental health?
Hi guys, its been a while. I am so sorry I’ve been away this long. But I’m back and I plan on staying.
Today I want talk about being broke.
Being broke is one of the hardest things someone can go through in life. Being broke can affect your mental state and life choices.
What exactly does being broke mean?
Being broke could mean not having enough money to pay your bills on time. It could also mean you want a new eyeshadow pallet but you can not afford it. Being broke has always meant not having any money or enough money to do or get what I want at a particular time. That’s what’s always in my head when I say “I’m broke”.
Anyways, there is a difference between “being broke” and “being poor”: Being broke is totally different from being poor. I will use myself as an example. when I was in university (college) and even now, There were so many situations where I was not able to pay my bills on time or even afford a bus ride to school. So many times I wanted certain things like a new outfit for a party, or Chicken and chips for launch and could not afford it. It did mean I was broke but I was not poor.
In my “brokeness” I had some kind of security. By security I mean, The parents were there to lean on. I could call my dad and ask for rent money or monthly stipend and I had high hopes that I would get it. But knowing I had to learn to spend less and prioritize my money (in order words, become an adult) was essential to avoid being completely broke each month.
However, being poor is a different experience (in my opinion). Someone who is poor might not have anyone to lean on or anyone to ask for help. He or she may be in serious debt and has no way or hope of getting out of debt. Buying a sandwich becomes a problem, a luxury. A poor man would be struggling to keep a roof over his head, and maybe eating from hand to mouth. The luxury of deciding to limit spending is not there because there is no money to spend.
Mental health and Being broke.
Being broke can lead to depression. So many mental illness such as bipolar, depression, and anxiety can be linked to being broke or having depts. The social surrounding of a person can often be extracted from part of the effects of ones mental illness. Most times when a person suffers from depression or is diagnosed with bipolar, the social surrounding of that person might not be looked into. The finances of that person might not be brought into any medical discussion.
As much as being broke motivates me to work harder, it also has its effects. At some point I was not able to pay my bills. Receiving a phone call or a letter or email from the companies I owed scared me. It made me very depressed and I had so much anxiety. I would lay awake at night thinking of how to get myself out of that situation which led to minor insomnia (I don’t mean to diagnose myself). It was a struggle, I laughed a lot less and very little made me happy.
But it is important to know that you are doing all you can to get yourself out of that situation. Some how being broke motivated me to do something about it. I wanted money, I needed money and I knew that being depressed and locking myself in my room would not help. So I got up and decided to do something (easier said than done) I know.
I can see why people get so depressed and desperate they go ahead and do something bad. Which can lead to worse situations than being broke.
“Your life is in your hand. No one can control your destiny. If you don’t like where you are then do something to change it”. Those were the words I sang to myself everyday until I got to the point where I was able to regain my happiness by actually doing something to change my situation, something that excites me.
You have to believe that no condition is permanent. That’s a very common saying back home. You have to be willing to work hard, These are some ways you can be able to get your mental health in the right space.
I hope this post was helpful.
Thank you so much for reading.
Leave a comment and tell me what you think about being broke.
Until next week. Xoxo