4 Things Not to Do When You are Sad

by Ryan Yates

Sad FaceThe weather was gloomy here in San Diego last month.

Supposedly, it’s called “June gloom.”

Being new to San Diego, I was surprised to find out the weather is terrible in June! It’s almost like the weather is playing tricks on us to appreciate the sun to come.

Who knows…All I know is that it’s playing with my emotions. I seriously have been down right sad the past few weeks. Things are good in life. The only explanation is this recent weather.

People who say weather does not affect one’s mood are complete liars. It definitely does and it’s taking a toll on me. So how does this apply to personal finances? Well, I’m glad you asked.

There are some stupid financial moves that ruin people’s financial lives as a result of being sad or in a bad mood. You need to avoid this type of destructive behavior! Instead, try to spin things into a positive light. Here are some financial disasters you want to avoid when you are sad:

Avoid Bringing Your Emotions to Work

Want to do some irreparable damage to your finances? Bring your emotions to work and you might just lose your job. Now what? Losing your job over something like your emotions is just not smart. This is a lot easier said than done.  

I know that when I’ve been sad and had to go to work, I just take things slower that day and not try to live up to the passionate worker image I’ve created. I’ll take more breaks and get some fresh air if need be. Your 9-5 job is the life blood of most people’s financial plans. Don’t mess this up over emotions.

Skip the Spending Spree

Depending on your vice, shopping sprees might be your struggle. If you’re already prone to these when you are happy, you REALLY need to stay away from this type of mistake. I’ve heard horror stories of spending sprees resulting in a bill of $1,000 or more.

Learn to be content with what you have. You don’t want to fall into this trap. Not only will you go into debt but the happiness from a spending spree is sure to disappear days after the purchase.

Avoid Going Crazy at the Bars

Using alcohol as an escape from your emotions is destructive enough with your personal relationships. But it can take a toll on your finances also. Avoid hitting the bars and then waking up surprised to see a $200 drinks bill. Not only will this hurt your wallet but could make your sad emotions even worse.

Try Not to Binge Eat

Just like alcohol, binge eating is a double edged sword. Binge eating has drastic consequences on anyone’s health. If done on a regular basis, binge eating can lead to obesity which can lead to cardiovascular issues and other high risk diseases.  

If that doesn’t sound bad enough, you can easily rack up a large bill. At this point, you have a stomach ache as well as a huge bill. Doesn’t sound like fun to me. Avoid succuming to the temptation of binge eating when you’re sad. I guarantee you will regret it if you do binge eat.

So, there you have it folks: the top 4 things to avoid when you’re sad. Instead of choosing destructive behavior and taking a hit to your wallet, go with healthier and financially wiser alternatives. You’ll find yourself in a world of hurt if you give in to one of these activities when you’re sad.

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Mike Young July 11, 2011 at

Also, make sure to not think buying a house, a car, or a boat will make your feel better. Sounds crazy, but people (let’s be honest-especially us guys) sometimes do buy super-expensive things to make us feel better.

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