Financial Planning Mental Wellness

How Future Planning Helps Your Mental Health in the Present

byVictor Yeo
  • Jul 09, 2024
  • 1 mins
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If you’ve ever felt a knot of worry in your stomach, a nagging voice whispering "what ifs" in your ear, and a mild anxiety over what the future holds, you’re not alone. That's the burden of uncertainty, a significant contributor to stress and anxiety, and according to a 2022 report by Cigna International, 86% of Singaporeans are feeling that same stress.

Future planning, particularly focusing on financial security, can be a powerful antidote. By taking control of your finances, you're alleviating present anxieties and building a foundation for a more peaceful future.

This blog will explore the key areas where future planning can improve your mental well-being. First up, let's explore the comfort that financial security brings.

Financial security is more than just having enough money in the bank. It's a feeling of stability that comes with knowing you can manage your day-to-day expenses, handle unexpected expenses, and plan for future goals without constant worry.

The difference between having to prioritise bill payments and making your core expenses with a safety net in place all boils down to financial security. This sense of security allows you to focus on living your life to the fullest, free from the constant strain of financial anxieties.

Insurance plays a vital role in future planning by mitigating risks and providing a financial safety net. Whether it's health insurance to safeguard against unexpected medical bills, or life insurance to protect loved ones in case of your passing, these plans offer invaluable peace of mind.

Imagine this: You're going about your daily routine when you experience sudden, severe abdominal pain. After visiting the doctor, you're diagnosed with appendicitis and require emergency surgery. In cases like this, having health insurance, like Enhanced IncomeShield, for instance, can significantly reduce these costs by reimbursing pre- and post-hospitalisation expenses1,2, for eligible medical treatment up to 100 days before and after hospitalisation. And by paying it out from your MediSave account, you don’t have to worry about eating into your emergency funds.

Such contingencies allow you to focus on getting well without the added pressure of financial worry, protecting your loved ones financially if the unthinkable happens.

An emergency fund, often referred to as your "rainy day fund," is indispensable in your future planning strategy. This readily accessible pool of money acts as a financial buffer against unexpected events like car repairs, job loss, or appliance breakdowns.

Here are some practical financial budgeting steps to get you started, regardless of your income level:

  • Track Your Expenses: Understanding where your money goes is the first step. Track your spending for a month to identify areas for potential savings.
  • Start Small, Be Consistent: Even a small amount saved regularly can grow over time. Begin with a realistic, achievable contribution and gradually increase as your situation allows.
  • Set a Realistic Goal: Aim for 3-6 months' worth of living expenses, starting small and gradually increasing.
  • Automate Your Savings: Set up an automatic transfer from your checking account to your emergency fund. This "set it and forget it" approach ensures consistent savings.
  • Explore High-Yield Savings Accounts: Consider parking your emergency fund in a high-yield savings account to maximise potential returns while maintaining easy access to your funds.
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Do you have a rough idea of what your retirement looks like? It doesn't have to be down to the last detail, but simply having a vision of your future can reduce present anxieties.

Early retirement planning can help with long-term mental well-being. Knowing you're proactively building a secure future can alleviate the burden of uncertainty and allow you to focus on enjoying the present.

Insurance savings plans that lean more toward retirement savings, like Income's Gro Retire Flex Pro, play a crucial role in achieving a comfortable and financially secure retirement. Retirement-focused Insurance savings plans offer a systematic and disciplined approach to saving for your golden years. With Gro Retire Flex Pro, for instance, you can customise your payout options to generate a steady stream of cash flow, funding the lifestyle you envision after retirement.

  • Receive monthly cash payouts3 consisting of a monthly cash4 benefit during your payout period and a non-guaranteed cash bonus on top of each monthly cash benefit.
  • Option to accumulate your cash payouts3 with Income Insurance at an interest rate of up to 3.00% p.a.5 or spend as you wish!

Estate planning is more than a numbers game; it's about peace of mind.

By creating a clear plan for your assets, you're ensuring your loved ones are financially secure in your absence. Knowing your family will be financially protected in your absence can bring immense peace of mind, allowing you to focus on cherishing the present moments with your family.

Whole life insurance and term life insurance policies can play a crucial role in estate planning, especially when it comes to managing outstanding mortgages or home renovation costs. Products like Income's Mortgage Term Life Insurance can offer valuable financial protection for your loved ones:

  • Cover the outstanding balance of your mortgage loan in the event of death, total and permanent disability (TPD before age 70), or terminal illness.
  • Choose to be covered on this plan from 5 to 35 years depending on the number of remaining years for your mortgage loan.

The benefits of taking charge of your financial future go beyond just accumulating wealth. Early and informed financial planning has a compounding effect on your mental well-being. By proactively addressing your financial needs and goals, you can reduce stress and anxiety, allowing you to focus on living life to the fullest.

Take the first step towards peace of mind and build confidence in your financial future with us—speak to an Income advisor today to create a personalised financial plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

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Victor is a passionate writer dedicated to guiding readers through the complexities of life with well-informed and actionable insights. With a strong focus on travel and health management, he aims to empower individuals by providing the knowledge needed to make informed decisions. From exploring new destinations to understanding health options, Victor's articles are designed to inspire and inform, helping readers navigate life's…

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