March 11, 2020
I feel like the world is at its wits end these days. It is very difficult to turn on the news without hearing about natural disasters, COVID-19, financial market whiplash, or political rhetoric. I feel like if there was no bad news there would not be any news. Let’s face it, all of this is exhausting just to listen to and then on top of it we have our regular every day lives and not one of us can claim it to be perfect. I raise my hand high as a leader of this group. When I am not being a financial advisor you can often find me playing the role of wife, mother, friend, community servant, chef, maid, butler or mediator among my three children. Sometimes I do many of these all at the same time!
Last night as I was trying to unwind after a long day it got me thinking again about how important self-care is. It is a critical part of maintaining sanity, hands down. At times like these when I am trying to navigate difficult markets and complex times for my clients, I strive to find the balance to offset the everyday stress of life. Truth be told, some days are a success, and some are not. We are not perfect and that’s why there is not a perfect way to do this. For me, I take great solace in falling into a book. Reading is my free therapy and I cannot get enough of it. I also love to cook, and I tend to not do so in small quantities, so I wind up feeding a lot of my friends! That’s a win-win because I to get to help them with a meal and it frees them up to be able to do something else that they maybe couldn’t get to. Kindness is a never-ending circle that usually keeps going around.
A dear friend of mine reintroduced me to Headspace a few weeks ago. If you haven’t checked it out you should! I am now a believer and it took me a long time to find the benefit in meditation. I can have a few quiet minutes each day with a lovely sounding British guy taking me through exercises to help me with specific feelings I might be experiencing, or simply have a quiet moment to relax my mind (yes, there is a female version too!). This has proven to be powerful for me. Relaxing my mind allows me to focus on the big picture without as many distractions. My clients trust me to help make them financially successful for the long term and meet their unique goals along the way. The past few weeks I have had many conversations about the outside world noise and how it may impact investors for the long term. The good news is the future, I believe, is bright.
Financial plans are meant to be fluid and when something significant happens in your life we partner with our clients to amend their plan if it is needed. These moments in time, like what we are looking at now relative to the scary stuff noted above, are finite in nature and are a component part of the larger, long term. We’ve got the big stuff! It’s what we do! Sometimes we are lucky enough to help with the small things to help you find your headspace too – a book recommendation, a recipe you may like, an event or outing you may enjoy. Maybe some of you will download the Headspace app after reading this! Who knows? So, in today’s craziness ask yourself what you can do for YOURSELF today that will make you not only feel better, but be better. I cannot emphasize the importance of this. We all need a pick up from time to time and that’s almost impossible to achieve on an empty tank. So find the things that fill you up and remember to invest in yourself no matter what it looks like for YOU. This is what ultimately gets us all to the finish line.
Iris Buczkowski is the founder of Birch Wealth Management (birchwealth.com). Original content provided by Iris is for educational purposes only and should not be construed as investment advice.