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5 Things I Learned in Struggling with Money and Depression

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I grew up in a poor family. I could still remember the days when I thought money was the biggest problem in the world. Back then, I would easily get worried if I saw my wallet was in thirst after spending on the most basic needs. It was a hard journey to get back on my feet, but there were several things that I learned.

When there is more month than money, it can become depressing. Here are 5 things I learned in dealing with money and depression.

5 Things I Learned in Struggling with Money and Depression:

1. You Need to Endure. 

I could still remember the time when I was so hungry that I decided to go to a fast food joint, but as soon as I was about to order my meal, I found out that I couldn’t even afford the cheapest item. I had just enough money for bus fare to get home. With a dumb look on my face, I apologized to the cashier behind the counter and embarrassingly went out of the food joint. Knowing this, you have to endure, may it be a simple takeout meal that you really want or going out with friends.

2. You’re Going to Get Pushed Down.

I was still in college back then when my dad lost his job. With him being the primary earner in our family, my parents considered I stopped going to school or at the very least transfer to a cheaper one. I was a year away from graduation, and no decent school would accept me. I was fighting against depression at the time too. But you have to know that when you think things are hard, it will get harder if you don’t start fighting back.

3. Struggle is Part of Success. 

Knowing my situation, there was a friend of mine in college that offered me a money-making gig. He asked me to help with odd jobs such as designing websites, walking dogs, gardening using folding saws, and writing content online. This was the first time that I was introduced to a freelancing site where I started to earn bit by bit. It took almost two weeks with barely enough sleep and staying over at his place to start earning. Thinking about it now, you have to accept that you’re going to struggle and work your heart out if you want to earn.

4. Know It’s Going to be Okay.

For the first time in a long time, I actually had enough money to help out my family. Slowly, we were starting to get back on our feet. Bills were getting paid on time and the fridge wasn’t always empty. This was a moment where I could breathe. At this point, you have to know that even though these things are hard, everything’s going to be okay. You’ll get some breathing room and allow yourself to adjust.

5. Opportunities Will Come Unexpectedly.

With everything that I learned from how to earn money online, opportunities just kept on coming. A few months later, I was hired as a head writer at a writing company. I also improved my freelancing reputation and received dozens of contracts! The amount that I earned became even more than what I had expected to be and brought my family back from the brink of poverty.

So to anyone out there struggling with money, know that this is just a phase. This is a challenge that you have to face in order to get back up on your feet. Do your best to fight and know that you’ll be able to reach your goal as long as you don’t give up.

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