Conversations hold the key to many of our money worries

Conversations hold the key to many of our money worries

Money worries that impact our mental health are not among the common topics of discussion, especially within the British Indian community.

The Covid-19 pandemic has further exacerbated already serious concerns around conditions such as depression and anxiety. During the Great Big Indian Money Show, iGlobal brought together experts panellists such as Dr Dimitri Gavriloff, Jay Rughani and Ushma Baros to dig into how we can better manage our financial burdens and related mental health issues.

Clinical psychologist and clinical engagement lead for Big health, Dr Gavriloff noted: “Struggling with worries in whatever form is not abnormal, it isn’t wrong, and it is not a disease. Its normal, natural. It’s good to worry about things to keep yourself safe.”

Jay Rughani, mindset practitioner at Optimum Wellbeing, spoke about creating a balance in the way we see things, think about things and how it will affect our emotions and behaviour. She highlighted some of the the de-stressing outlets that people have found to deal with their stress, such as walks and craft activities, to get away from a stressful work environment.

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For entrepreneurs, she recommended getting “savvy with your figures” and working out what’s going on to zero in on where the opportunity lies, even if it means thinking about your business differently. She also flagged ayurvedic principles of body rhythming, by waking up early in the morning and going off to bed early to balance the body and mind.

Ushma Baros, from Big Health, focussed on the need to remove any stigma associated with mental health worries within the British Indian community. She spoke about CBT or cognitive behavioural therapy as a strand of clinically proven therapy that can help with underlying mental health conditions. These sessions can be accessed from wherever and whenever help is needed.

“Treat your mental health the way you treat your money. Everyday notice what has been your pluses and minuses,” she recommends.

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