Just recently, someone tried to borrow money from me. I’m not the type who would keep my money to myself when someone is in need, but I do have limits when lending money. This person has borrowed money from me countless of times before, but has never really paid me back. That’s fine with me. It’s just money. What I don’t like are her reasons for borrowing money: either they don’t have anything to eat for the day OR she’s pissed off at home and needs money to spend so she can relax.
This time, she was borrowing money because she was feeling stressed out at home and wanted to go out to shop or eat. Of course, I didn’t give her the money. It wouldn’t be right, I thought. I have been trying to help her and her family with their finances by teaching them a few budgeting tips (since they have a tendency to overspend when they have money available). In this particular situation, the financial tip I reminded her of is…
Sleep it off.
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When we are feeling stressed, lonely or angry, we often have this urge to do something that will take our minds off the problem. Some people like driving around alone. Others prefer shopping. While there are some who would eat and eat and eat. I usually just sleep it off.
It’s the most relaxing and least expensive way to temporarily step away from a problem. I don’t need to go out and spend for anything. Moreover, I get to rest my mind and body… because sometimes, rest is all we need. Sleeping makes me feel refreshed and helps my mind think clearer. Clear and cool enough to finally face the issue at hand.
According to “Are you stressed out? Time to get some sleep” in The Superstress Solution by Dr. Roberta Lee, stress can wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health. Sleeping or even just resting can give your mind and body time to restore themselves.
So the next time you’re feeling down or angry (or stressed), give yourself a break and sleep it off!