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Jan 15

Dealing With Debt: Steps To Take To Make Coping Easier

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The fact is living with debt is something that can be exceedingly difficult to cope with and manage. Debt isn’t something simple to get rid of once you have it; it’s something that can have a hugely debilitating impact on yours’ and your family’s lives. Debt can be so crushing and have such a negative impact that many people end up with anxiety or find the whole thing overwhelming. 

While it can feel like it’s impossible to get out of the debt that you have found yourself in, the truth is that isn’t the case. Debt can be difficult to manage, and it can be a complete and utter nightmare coping with the situation that you are in, but it’s important to remember is that it’s only temporary. Yes, it’s a rubbish situation to be in, but it’s only a temporary situation – with the right approach you can make managing debts a little easier to cope with (you can find out where to find free debt advice in our article here). 

When it comes to how you should approach dealing with your debts, it’s important you take the time to think about the best steps to take. You need to consider what steps to make to move your life forward and find your way out of debt; it’s not easy but it is possible. It’s just a case of finding the right approach to debt management, that’s all. 

Bearing that in mind, below are a few tips to help make dealing with debt a little easier.

 

Add up what you owe

The first step to managing debt is to add up what you owe. The chances are if you have debt – a large amount of debt that is – you most probably won’t know how much that debt amounts to. This is why taking the time to tot it all up is so important. Because only when you work out the total can you can begin to think about moving forward. In order to get your debt under control, you need to take the time to actually sit down and add up what you owe. 

The concept of totting up your debts might seem  daunting, but the fact is it’s an important step in moving forward and making things better in the long run. Once you’ve got a number in front of you, remember however large it is, it’s important not to panic. 

 

Look at your budget 

The next step, after working out how much you owe, is to take the time to look at your budget and work out how much you can afford to pay back. If you are going to get on top of your debts, you need to take the time to work out how you are going to start paying things back. The key starting place when it comes to managing your debts is to look at your budget and work out what you can afford to pay back each month.

If you are unsure about how you can go about working this out, you might find that speaking to a debt charity is helpful. Or alternatively, you might find that using a budgeting app could help you to determine how to make your money go further, and what steps you could take to make paying off your debts a little easier. 

Find out more about budgeting here. 

 

Consider a repayment plan

The next step is to think about making a repayment plan to help make paying off your debts seem like a more achievable task. Once you have a plan in place, paying off your debts should become far simpler and easier to manage. Because, once you have a plan in place, you know what is what and don’t need to constantly panic about how you are going to manage your debts. You have a plan and you can stick to it!

Of course, the first step towards putting a repayment plan in place is sitting down and working out what you can afford to repay and how often you can afford to make the repayments. Having a monthly budgeting chart will help to make knowing how much you can afford a little easier, and you will have a clear outline of your income and expenditure. 

When it comes to a repayment plan, you can either opt to set up individual payment plans with each of your debtors, or you can opt to consolidate all of your debts via a debt consolidation strategy, and make one payment to cover all of your debts each month. How you choose to go about this is up to you; what you need to consider is what the best option is for you and your financial position. You need to think about what’s affordable and what isn’t, and then go from there. 

 

Seek professional advice 

If you feel that you’re unsure about how to proceed when it comes to your debts, then you might want to consider seeking some professional advice. You might find that speaking to a financial advisor could be a smart move to make, and may help to make the process of managing your debts a little easier to cope with. 

If you still find yourself feeling overwhelmed, after speaking to a financial advisor, you might want to speak to a legal adviser to find out what your position is legally. There are lots of law firms that are able to offer advice regarding debts and financial management, as well as looking at various options for managing them, such as bankruptcy, for instance. 

When you’re unsure about how to deal with a certain situation, it makes sense to look for some professional advice. Speaking with someone who has a professional understanding of various financial situations can be helpful when managing your debts and getting things back under control. 

 

Understand that it’s only temporary 

An important thing to be aware of when it comes to debt is understanding that it is only temporary. Yes, it’s a rubbish situation to be in, but it won’t last forever. You won’t spend your whole life living in debt; it’s just a case of taking steps to get things sorted out and an action plan put in place, and you will be able to start moving forward with your life. 

It might take time to sort out your finances and get your debts dealt with, but the fact is you won’t be in this position of financial turmoil forever. Things will get better, and over time you will start to see that things are beginning to look better.

 

Source support 

If you find that you are struggling, then it’s a good idea to take the time to source some support. Yes, it’s not easy to cope with living with debts, however that doesn’t have to mean struggling alone; there is plenty of support available.

There are plenty of debt charities offering free, confidential and impartial advice, so if you are struggling to manage it’s worth reaching out to some of them. Debt is nothing to be ashamed of, and talking about your debt is not something that you need to feel negatively about. After all, debt can have a significant impact on mental health, and failing to get support could mean you only end up feeling worse. So it’s crucial that you take the time to think about sourcing the support that you need. 

Dealing with debt is not an easy task; especially as debt can be completely overwhelming and suffocating. However, just because managing debt is not always easy, that doesn’t mean you can’t move things forward and deal with your debt in a positive and proactive way. Yes, debt is hard to manage, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a complete nightmare to cope with. It’s just a case of getting everything in order and working out how to tackle it. Once that’s sorted, you will find that coping becomes far easier. 

Hopefully, the guide above will help you to make managing debt a little easier and less stressful for you and your family. No matter what situation you find yourself in, you can always move forward out of it, it’s just a case of finding the support that you need to be able to do so effectively. 

Find out more about coping with debt in our debt assistance and benefits section here. 

 

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