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World Mental Health Day 2023: How financial matters impact your mental health at life's crossroads

Updated: 10 Oct 2023, 03:56 PM IST

The interplay between mental well-being and financial stability is complex, as major life events not only mould our personal growth but can also hinder our mental health. It is important to ensure financial stability that would uplift our mental well-being and happiness.

Life events not only shape our personal development but also have an impact on our mental health.

Life events not only shape our personal development but also have an impact on our mental health.

In the journey of life, milestones come at a given moment with their own obstacles and opportunities. These are major turning points in one's life, from deciding to go to college to getting one's first job, from getting married to having children. 

Despite lofty aspirations such as being the next Steve Jobs at your company or having your dream destination wedding, they may have financial repercussions that are hard to bear and have an impact on our mental health. No matter our desires we must discuss credit management considering the psychological effects of one's financial situation on milestone events.

Navigating life's crucial milestones

India is a diverse country with a variety of social backgrounds, all of them with various milestones and additional responsibilities. While the initial years of life are spent aspiring to be in leading colleges and get the best education, the financial burden of the cost of tuition is something that most students worry about. 

Starting any job comes with the need to pay bills, rent, and budget effectively. Marriage brings along financial responsibilities related to wedding expenses and merging finances. Parenting requires financial preparation for child care, education, and general welfare. These pivotal life events not only shape our personal development but also have an impact on our mental health and overall well-being.

While approaching these life events, people often experience financial pressure. Aspirations, inclusive of studying at a prestigious university or having a fairy-tale wedding ceremony, can conflict with financial realities. This disconnect can result in tension, anxiety, and even depression. 

The weight of these financial aspirations will every now and then overshadow the joy associated with these occasions. It's significant to recognize that these financial situations are a common part of life, and many of us face similar situations during our voyage through these milestones.

Role of lenders in educating customers

The key to financial challenges lies in finding a balance between aspirations and financial well-being, making informed financial decisions, and seeking support when needed.

During life's pivotal milestones, lenders wield significant influence over individuals' financial health. Beyond transaction facilitation, they shoulder the responsibility of educating borrowers about responsible financial practices. This includes offering transparent information about loan terms, interest rates, and repayment schedules. Encouraging financial literacy is paramount, empowering borrowers to make informed decisions. Tailored solutions that align with individuals' financial situations and aspirations can alleviate the strain of major life events. 

Responsible lending practices, encompassing diligent credit assessments and reasonable loan amounts, safeguard against excessive debt. Furthermore, lenders should extend support to borrowers navigating unexpected financial challenges, fostering a collaborative approach that bolsters mental well-being while pursuing life goals.

Correlation between financial health and mental health

A multitude of studies have underscored the intricate relationship between financial well-being and mental health. The weight of financial stress, mounting debt, and the frustration of unmet financial objectives can precipitate enduring stress, anxiety, and depression. 

In response, individuals may adopt detrimental coping mechanisms, like overspending or neglecting their mental and physical well-being, further exacerbating the issue. This poignant interplay between one's financial state and mental health underscores the significance of nurturing a sound financial foundation to fortify overall well-being.

Adopting responsible lending and borrowing practices

To safeguard one's mental health throughout life's pivotal milestones, it becomes paramount to embrace responsible lending and borrowing practices. This entails a thorough self-assessment of financial capacity, the creation of a purposeful budget, and a comprehensive understanding of all associated loan costs, encompassing fees and interest rates. 

Seeking professional financial guidance, avoiding unnecessary borrowing, and refraining from succumbing to the allure of excessive debt are all essential steps. Additionally, an investment in financial literacy can significantly enhance one's grasp of effective money management.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, major life milestones are profound moments that define our journey, offering the promise of personal growth and happiness. However, the financial implications that accompany these milestones can either elevate or impede our mental well-being. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that individuals traverse these life-changing events with their financial health and mental wellness intact. 

To encapsulate this journey of financial well-being and mental harmony, let us reflect on this quote—"Real prosperity is found not in riches alone, but in the serenity that resides within!”

Akshay Mehtrora, Cofounder & CEO, Fibe

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First Published: 10 Oct 2023, 03:54 PM IST