The habits of men versus women have almost single-handedly kept most of the standup comedians out there in business.
But feeling overwhelmed because of financial pressures, which happens to women three times as much as it does to men, is no laughing matter.
According to a new survey by Financial Finesse, 9% of women reported feeling "overwhelming" financial stress as opposed to 3% of guys. Those numbers may not be huge in and of themselves, but they show a trend of how the two sexes tend to react when money troubles come calling.
We want to make one thing very clear. This doesn't mean women are weaker—this means they process things differently. Most women look at having money as a security issue. When money isn't there, their stress level acts up. Since guys tend to view money as a scorecard, they may feel a little dejected if their investments are down, but not necessarily overwhelmed.
Guys, if your wife is feeling overwhelmed by money turmoil, the first thing you need to do is comfort her. Since the number one cause of divorce in America today is money fights and money problems, financial stress can spill over and affect other areas of a person's life. To her, the whole world might feel like it's coming down.
When tension is raised over money, quickly bring yourself back down to earth and reassure your wife that your marriage will stay strong and firm throughout. When you to get through tough times together—as a team—that can really calm her.
Once money woes are plaguing you to the point that you lie awake at night or cry during the day, then the debt situation has gotten too dire. Time to shake things up! Both of you have taken that deep breath, and it's time to go into attack mode.
Amputate the lifestyle and get a second job. Live on nothing and start paying stuff off. If you are so emotionally drained over not having money, then you won't look at these things as sacrifices when you are getting out of debt.
Instead, they'll seem like a way to peace. Which, when compared with stress, sounds pretty good.
Source: Daily Finance