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Holy Week Goals: Take A Break From Work And Reflect On Your Finances

Holy Week is the perfect time to stop and take a break from everything in your life. The peace and the quiet makes you able to evaluate what you have been doing in your life so far, and where to go from here. It also is the time to recharge and reinvigorate your mind and your soul so you’re ready to take on the upcoming months ahead.

Two of the biggest facets of your life that you should be evaluating during the holy week are no brainers: your finances and your work. These two things bring the most negative energies in your life and can cause a lot of evil to creep into your life. Unsatisfied with your boss? You’re likely to think ill things of him. Unable to afford that vacation you’d be wanting? You’re likely to get grumpy and unsatisfied of your life.

This is why this Holy Week, detach yourself from the world, meditate, pray for guidance. Ask yourself, “Am I headed the right path?”

 

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Unplug from the digital world

The digital world has become saturated with so much unpleasant content, obscenity, and overall negativity. There’s always someone killed or abused, some divorced couple, some bad person doing bad things. Social media also has this tendency to make us think or act negatively towards others, may it be as simple as envying their posts or fighting over different opinions.

While the Holy Week has been officially called holidays, smartphone-using professionals and those whose work is entangled in the digital realm are also susceptible to continue stressing over work during these Holy days. According to a study, 60 percent of smartphone-using professionals kept in touch with work for more than 12 hours per day, and would still spend juggling work-related stuff during the weekend. 51 percent of the consultants that were studied in the research admitted that they were still checking their emails continuously even on vacation.

 

 

Overtime can kill you. Really. We wrote about that earlier.

 

And we can’t stress enough how individuals, even the most successful and go-getter ones, are entitled to their own pieces of heaven once in a while. As Managed Healthcare Executive wrote, “When does the physical and psychological toll outweigh the productivity gain of another hour in the office? We don't know. No one has identified the point where productivity plummets and work becomes a health hazard.”

And the Holy Week is the perfect time to evaluate how work has been treating you, and in turn, how you have been treating yourself and your family because of work. It’s not just you or your health that is bound to suffer fatigue, physically. “Family relationships deteriorate, as does the sense of well-being associated with a socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and intellectually balanced life.”

And it’s not just work-related stuff. Even what we think is casual internet usage actually makes us more susceptible to health issues. According to Psychologist Jean Twenge of San Diego State University, teen depression rates and suicide attempts increased by at least 33 percent between 2010 to 2015 because of the increase of exposure to smartphones and the internet.

So what is a better time than the Holy Week to just stop and think about what you have been doing to yourself, what you have been missing out on because of focusing so much on whether you’re losing social media followers or answering some e-mails a tad bit later? Give this much-needed time to yourself, your family, your community, and your faith. Talk to your family, talk to yourself, and talk to your God. And maybe you’ll just find yourself realizing that you’re in a need of a change in your life.

 

 

Reflect on your finances

Money and managing finances is one of the biggest causes of stress. In fact, the Gallup-Healthways State of Global Well-Being Index 2014 reported that 52 percent of Filipinos are struggling in terms of financial well-being, and 30 percent are suffering.

But even those who are already earning well enough may find themselves spending much more than they can actually can as more banks offer loan and credit card options and more stores are enabling the installment payment option.

This Holy Week, why not reflect on how healthily or unhealthily you’ve been spending your hard-earned money? Have you been indulging yourself in some impulsive purchases or have you been pressured by co-workers of friends to take a trip or eat in a restaurant you’re not really into? With the pressure of looking well-traveled and someone with fine tastes on social media, are we unconsciously spending too much on things we don’t really need or even enjoy?

If you don’t have enough money to save for future expenditures and an emergency fund, you’re spending too much. If you don’t have enough money to pay for sudden trips to the doctor or a sudden expensive medication, you’re spending too much. If you’re constantly taking a bite out of your savings account, you’re probably spending too much.

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Always keep in mind to do things in moderation—and the Holy Week is the perfect time to start practicing this kind of mindset.

On the contrary, if you find that you have way too much money that you need, there is a good way to spend that during the Holy Week, as well. Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop and former CBCP President Socrates Villegas advises people to help the poor, comfort the sick and visit those in prison during the Holy Week.

“If you want to truly make a good Holy Week, love much, love more. Give to the poor. Visit the jail. Visit hospital wards. What makes the week holy is the immeasurable, unequaled love that Christ poured into these days,” he said.

 

 

Take these few days to start helping a charity, or visiting a home for children or the elderly. Give back to the community and share your blessings by extending love to the less fortunate. That way, you’ll find that you’re not just helping them—you’re also helping yourself feel better, see the world better, and appreciate how much you have in life.