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Unlearning Unhealthy Finances-Related Coping Mechanisms

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Join us for our upcoming webinar hosted by Aneeqa, a Special Wellness Counsellor. In this Forest session, "Breaking Free from Unhealthy Financial Coping Mechanisms," you will learn effective strategies to manage financial stress and improve your overall well-being. Gain insight into sustainable financial management practices and empower yourself to navigate financial challenges with confidence.

Understanding Unhealthy Financial Coping Mechanisms

When facing financial stress, it's common for individuals to develop coping mechanisms that may provide temporary relief but can ultimately harm their well-being. These unhealthy financial coping mechanisms can include:

  1. Avoidance: Some individuals may avoid addressing their financial issues, leading to a cycle of increasing distress and avoidance.

  2. Impulse Spending: Retail therapy or overspending on non-essential items can provide temporary relief, but it often leads to increased financial strain in the long run.

  3. Denial: Ignoring financial problems or living in denial about one's financial situation can lead to compounding stress and uncertainty.

  4. Borrowing Beyond Means: Relying on credit cards, loans, or borrowing from friends and family as a primary means of managing finances can lead to a cycle of debt and increased stress.

Strategies for Breaking Free

In the webinar, Aneeqa will cover various strategies to help individuals break free from these unhealthy financial coping mechanisms and build a healthier relationship with their finances. Here are some key strategies to consider:

1. Mindfulness and Awareness

Developing mindfulness around your spending habits and financial situation can be a powerful tool for breaking free from unhealthy coping mechanisms. By becoming more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors related to finances, you can begin to make intentional choices that align with your long-term well-being.

2. Financial Education and Planning

Empower yourself with knowledge about sustainable financial management practices. Understanding budgeting, saving, and investing can provide a sense of control and confidence in managing your finances. Aneeqa will provide practical advice for creating a personalized financial plan.

3. Building Healthy Coping Mechanisms

Explore alternative coping mechanisms that promote well-being without relying on unhealthy financial behaviors. This may include practicing self-care, seeking social support, and engaging in activities that bring joy and fulfillment without financial strain.

4. Seeking Professional Support

For individuals struggling with deeply ingrained financial stress and coping mechanisms, seeking professional support is crucial. Aneeqa will provide insights into available resources, including October's digital group sessions, assessments, and curated content about mental health and financial well-being. These resources can offer valuable support and guidance in navigating financial challenges.


Breaking free from unhealthy financial coping mechanisms is a journey that requires awareness, education, and support. By participating in this webinar, you will gain valuable tools to transform your relationship with money and improve your overall well-being. We invite you to join Aneeqa in this empowering session and take the first step towards a healthier financial future.

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