Financial Survivor’s Guilt has been increasing during COVID-19, and with over six million lives lost around the globe to COVID-19, there are millions of people around the globe now dealing with survivor’s guilt and financial survivors guilt. In this exciting episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast, we have an exciting solo episode on how to cope with financial survivor guilt. We’re also in the midst of a high-inflation period, with rising gas prices, rising food prices and rising interest rates. The pandemic has caused us all to look more deeply at our lives to examine the direction we want our post-pandemic lives to take. In this episode, I will walk you through effective strategies to cope with financial survivor’s guilt, including the guilt associated with an inheritance. In the NEW Holistic Wealth Expanded and Updated: 36 Life Lessons To Help You Recover From Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose and Achieve Financial Freedom, there are many strategies throughout to help you master the “Art of Recovery From Disruption”. Tune in to listen to this episode of the Holistic wealth podcast with Keisha Blair.
What is Financial Survivor Guilt?
Financial Survivor’s guilt is when a person has feelings of guilt because they inherited a sum of money related to the loss (often the death of a loved one such as a spouse, parent, or other family members). It is often worse when the loss is sudden, tragic and unexpected. It is a common reaction to traumatic events and a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In addition, there are many instances where several people who still have jobs and financial security felt guilty about having been spared while others lost their jobs. In a 2018 study, researchers surveyed people who were receiving treatment from a traumatic stress clinic in the U.K. They found that 90% of participants who had survived an event when others had died reported experiencing feelings of guilt.
As the Founder of the Institute on Holistic Wealth, I’ve heard many widows and other clients refer to their life insurance payout as “blood money”. It’s associated with the death of a loved one so it comes with intense emotions filled with grief, loss and tragedy. The Trauma of Money Certification program at the Institute on Holistic Wealth is also designed with strategies to cope with financial survivor guilt.
How To Cope with Financial Survivor Guilt
These are a quick list of some strategies to help you cope with financial survivor guilt (Listen to the full episode of the podcast):
- Practice Gratitude – practicing daily gratitude through writing in a gratitude journal or dropping notes in a gratitude jar – which helps with reducing stress, anxiety and financial survivor guilt.
- Focus on Mindfulness – Regular and sustained mindfulness practice has been shown to improve attentional control, increase awareness of internal and external experiences and reduce stress.
- Know Your Personal Financial Identity– Take the Personal Financial Identity quiz on the Institute on Holistic Wealth website and regain control of your spending habits.
- Embrace the Holistic Wealth Method – Think of all your decisions as either a depletion or addition to your holistic wealth bank account – and focus on activities that enrich you.
- Positive Self-Talk – can stop catastrophic mind chatter that causes work stress and keep you calm in stressful situations and boost your financial confidence.
- Find Your Purpose (Your Why) – Remember your “why” and embrace your mission and purpose (refocus and re-energize).
In this special solo episode of the podcast episode, I will walk you through all of these steps outlined above and explore the different considerations as well as strategies for coping with financial survivor guilt. I discussed various strategies from my new book: Holistic Wealth (Expanded and Updated): 36 Life Lessons To Help You Recover From Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose and Achieve Financial Freedom. Tune in to this exciting episode of the Holistic Wealth podcast with Keisha Blair.
Resources Mentioned In This Episode:
Holistic Wealth (Expanded and Updated): 36 Life Lessons To Help You Recover From Disruption, Find Your Life Purpose and Achieve Financial Freedom. Now Available. E-book now available for just .79 Cents on Amazon.com, and .99 cents on Amazon.ca
What You’ll Learn in This Episode:
- What is financial survivor’s guilt? What are the symptoms and why is it so important?
- Why it’s so important to identify financial survivor’s guilt, including some lessons and context from the NEW Holistic Wealth Expanded and Updated book by Keisha Blair.
- Learn some tips and strategies for coping with financial survivor’s guilt such as mindfulness, and being intentional by design.
- Learn why embracing your purpose in life is critical to reducing stress and finding more meaning.
- How the Holistic Wealth Method (developed by Keisha Blair and outlined in Holistic Wealth) helps you to effectively manage stress and anxiety.
Listen to the Full Episode:
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