Budgeting as self-care.
This is a practice I created last year to help me build financial stability, regardless of how much money I was making. Note that your Current Way of Being is how you’re currently showing up—through your beliefs, actions, doings, reactions, and ways of checking—and your New Way of Being is how you’d like to show up. In Integral Coaching®️ we use metaphors as a way to capture these two different Ways of Being.
Budgeting As Self-Care
Developing your ability to track your finances as a daily act of self-care and foundation building.
The purpose of this exercise is to develop your ability to track your finances as a daily act of self-care and foundation building.
Whereas your Current Way of Being puts a lot of pressure on themself to resolve their problematic financial behaviours overnight, your New Way of Being knows that they’re better off chipping away at their money reality rather than trying to tackle everything all at once. They have faith that if they show up and do the work and self-care they needs to do on the daily, they’ll eventually have the money they need to do the work they feel called to do.
At a time of day when you feel the least overwhelmed, take a few minutes to update your budget.
First, take a deep inhale and a long exhale and drop your awareness into your body.
Now, open up your budget app and your bank account and note what shifts there have been today.
Acknowledge each purchase or credit and feel how it lands in your body.
When you’re done, take another deep cycle of breath and let the exercise and spending/saving for the day go.
Daily Reflection Questions
After you’ve updated your budget: Please take an additional 5 minutes to reflect on the experience of tracking your finances as a daily act of self-care and foundation building:
How did your Current Way of Being react to tracking every penny they spent/made today?
What is your New Way of Being looking for when they document expenses and profits?
Weekly Reflection Questions
At the end of each week: Please take 20 minutes to reflect on the experience of tracking your finances as a daily act of self-care and foundation building:
What did you learn about your Current Way of Being’s response to tracking their money more carefully?
What patterns existed in what transactions made your New Way of Being feel like they were tending and/or not tending to the foundation they are building in their life?