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Financial Literacy Month Series: Money and Our Mental Health

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Stress and our Brains

Stress: Stress is what happens when our mind has too much to deal with. What are some things that can make us feel stress?

  • Having our plans change suddenly
  • Being far away from people who are important to us
  • Not having enough time to complete a tasks

There are many different reasons!

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What happens when we are stressed out?

  • Our brain mostly focuses on worrying about what makes us stressed
  • All this worrying makes our brains tired
  • Our brain has less energy to use for important things like solving problems, handling our emotions, or focusing on important tasks
  • Even though our brains are tired, we can lose sleep, because our worries make it hard to relax

I’m so tired, I just want to sleep, but I can’t because my mind won’t shut off!  I’m stressed!

Financial Stress 

  • Finances are often a big cause of stress 
  • Having debt (money that we need to pay back) usually causes a lot of stress
  • 33% of Canadians say debt causes stress, 35% say bills cause stress

How will I have enough money to buy food and clothing?  What if something important breaks?  Will I have enough money for a new one?

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