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Wealth, success, and mental health: finding the balance between wealthy and health

Published on April 17, 2024 | LPL Financial

April marks Stress Awareness Month, which provides a great opportunity to shed light on a topic often overlooked in the world of high-net-worth investors, which is mental health. For anyone who is used to managing substantial wealth, the pressure to sustain success may take a toll on your mental well-being.

Here are some of the mental health challenges that high-net-worth individuals may face, how to address stigmas surrounding the issues, and a few practical tips to help you prioritize your mental health while continuing to pursue wealth and success.

Isolation and Loneliness

Wealthy individuals often find themselves isolated due to the challenges of managing significant assets. Common fears of being misunderstood or taken advantage of may further contribute to feelings of loneliness, particularly for those who grew up in lower-income families and then became wealthy.

Perfectionism and High Expectations

Pursuing success may breed perfectionism and high expectations. Constantly striving for excellence may lead to chronic stress, anxiety, and a never-ending quest for validation along the way.

Fear of Failure and Financial Stress

Even when you have financial success, the fear of an economic downturn or other crisis may be a constant source of stress. The pressure to maintain a certain lifestyle may also create a perpetual cycle of anxiety.

Stigma Around Mental Health

It’s common for high-net-worth individuals to hesitate to seek help due to the stigma surrounding having mental health problems. The misconception that money equals happiness may deter people from acknowledging, let alone addressing, their mental health struggles.

Tips to Help You Prioritize Your Mental Health

Here are some tips to up-level how you deal with your mental health.

Break the Silence

Challenge mental health stigmas by openly discussing mental health issues within your social and professional circles. By sharing your experiences, you may also create a supportive environment that encourages others to seek help.

Get Professional Guidance

Just as you consult financial professionals for wealth management and attorneys for legal advice, enlist the help of mental health professionals to navigate any struggles or challenges with your emotional and mental well-being. Therapists and counselors may provide valuable insights and coping strategies you may not be able to discover on your own.

Establish Work-Life Balance

Integrate regular downtime into your schedule to help avoid burnout. Setting aside time for hobbies, family, and self-care may help you maintain a healthier work-life balance and leave work-related stress at work.

Set Realistic Expectations

It’s important to understand that perfection is unattainable. Establishing realistic goals may alleviate the self-imposed pressure that comes from trying to maintain unattainable standards.

Practice Mindfulness and Stress Reduction Techniques

Incorporate mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga, and deep-breathing exercises into your routine to help manage stress and promote mental well-being.

Wealth, success, and mental health are intricately intertwined. This Stress Awareness Month, we want to encourage a more holistic approach to success that encompasses financial prosperity and mental well-being. After all, true wealth isn’t just found in your bank accounts but also in the overall happiness and fulfillment you find in life.

Important Disclosures:

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.

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