How Anxiety Keeps You Broke: Social Anxiety and Money Struggles


Anxiety is a damn thief.

When you suffer from anxiety, it weaves its way through every corner of your life, and even blocks money from going into your bank account.

In this blog, we will explore the connection between social anxiety and financial struggle, and discuss how to overcome it so you can secure the bag.

1. The Fear of Judgment:

Social anxiety often stems from a deep fear of judgment by others. This fear can hinder you from pursuing opportunities that could lead to financial growth, such as networking events, public speaking engagements, or even job interviews. The fear of being scrutinized or not meeting societal expectations can keep us stuck in our comfort zones, limiting our earning potential.

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2. Imposter Syndrome:

Imposter syndrome, which commonly accompanies social anxiety, can lead to self-doubt and feelings of unworthiness. Women who experience imposter syndrome often downplay their achievements and hesitate to ask for promotions, raises, or opportunities to advance in their careers. This lack of self-advocacy can keep us trapped in lower-paying positions.

3. Networking Challenges:

Networking is a crucial aspect of professional growth and financial success. However, for people with social anxiety, networking events can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing. The fear of initiating conversations, introducing oneself to new people, or maintaining small talk can hinder the development of valuable connections and opportunities for collaboration or career advancement.

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4. Self-Limiting Beliefs:

Social anxiety can perpetuate self-limiting beliefs about money and financial success. Negative thought patterns such as "I'm not capable of handling money," "I'll never be successful," or "I don't deserve financial abundance" can become deeply ingrained, sabotaging our efforts to improve our financial situation. These beliefs can lead to self-sabotaging behaviors, such as overspending or avoiding financial responsibilities.

5. Missed Opportunities:

Anxiety can cause us to miss out on various opportunities that could positively impact our financial well-being. Whether it's turning down job offers due to fear of change, declining promotions because of the added responsibilities and visibility, or avoiding investing in ventures that could lead to financial growth, anxiety can keep us stuck in a cycle of missed opportunities and limited financial progress.

 Overcoming Social Anxiety and Cultivating Financial Abundance:

1. Seek Professional Help:

Consider seeking therapy or coaching to address and manage social anxiety. A trained professional can help you navigate the root causes of your anxiety and develop effective coping strategies. Therapy or coaching can provide invaluable tools to help build confidence, manage anxious thoughts, and overcome the barriers that anxiety creates in your financial life.

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2. Challenge Limiting Beliefs:

Identify and challenge self-limiting beliefs related to money and success. Practice positive affirmations and visualization exercises to rewire your mindset. Replace negative thoughts with empowering beliefs that support your financial growth and abundance.

3. Gradual Exposure:

Take small steps to gradually expose yourself to situations that trigger social anxiety. Start by attending smaller networking events or joining online communities where you can connect with like-minded individuals. As you gain confidence, gradually increase your level of exposure to more challenging social situations.

4. Develop Financial Literacy:

Invest time in improving your financial literacy. Educate yourself about budgeting, saving, investing, and building wealth. The more knowledgeable and empowered you feel about your finances, the better equipped you'll be to overcome financial anxiety and make informed decisions.

5. Embrace Support Networks:

Surround yourself with a supportive network of friends, mentors, and professionals who uplift and encourage you. Seek out communities or groups where you can connect with others who understand and share similar experiences. Collaborate, learn from one another, and support each other's financial journeys.


Social anxiety can be a significant obstacle to financial empowerment for many women. By recognizing the impact of anxiety on our financial lives, we can take proactive steps to address and overcome these challenges. Through therapy, challenging limiting beliefs, gradual exposure, financial education, and building a support network, we can break free from the grip of anxiety and cultivate a more abundant financial future.

Remember, you are capable, deserving, and worthy of financial success. Take the first step towards a life of financial empowerment today!

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