Despite my recent post all about how emotions can have a detrimental effect on our finances, and what to do about it, I sill gave in to my emotions yesterday.
Everything about yesterday went bad from the very beginning. I overslept my alarm and was rushed to get to work on time. I ended up being about 10 minutes late, and from there the day only got worse. I had several stressful phone calls and situations to deal with for everything from my part-time job to an organization I volunteer for, and more. In fact, I ended up having to use some of my paid vacation time from my full-time job to deal with these situations. Talk about wasting my precious vacation time!
By the end of my full-time job's workday at 5 p.m., I was ready to burst from all the emotions of the day. I was craving comfort food, and for me that means a massive chocolate and sugar-filled snack. So on the way to my evening haircut appointment, I tried two of my local bakeries, which were both closed (it should have been a sign!), before finally I gave in to my emotional temptation and splurged on a chocolate doughnut and soda at the convenience store next to the salon.
The entire time I was eating, ok I was scarfing, my snack, I knew I had made not only a financial mistake, but also a health mistake too. This deliciously unhealthy snack did make me feel better for a minute or two, but then it made me feel worse because it doesn't correlate with my financial goals or my health related goals.
Of course this small splurge isn't a budget busting purchase, it was only about $2, and it probably won't be the straw that breaks the camel's back for my health either, but it still wasn't a smart decision.
After some thought, I decided that I need to be more aware of how I treat emotional decisions like this in the future so I don't nickel and dime, or soda and doughnut, my way into a financial rut or a health rut. My goals are more important to me than my $2 snack that will only satisfy my craving for a few minutes before my brain is back to thinking about the crap-shoot of a day I just had.
Crappy days happen to everyone at some point, and it's probably okay to splurge on a temptation like this once in a while when your emotions kick in. But if this is something I turn to each time I have a rough day, then I need to find a more constructive way to work off the emotions of my crappy day.
While brainstorming, I came up with these ideas for the future:
Go Workout! Working out releases endorphins. Endorphins make you happy, and happy people just don't shoot their husbands. (Bonus points if you just got the reference!)
- Spend Time Outside. If the weather is nice, spend a little time outside enjoying it to get some fresh air and take your mind off the events of your day.
- Play With Pets. I have plenty of furry companions around me, I should use them for what they do best, comforting their owner.
How do you deal with a crappy day? Do you let your emotions get the best of you?
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