Throughout my career, I have seen a lot of clients go through a range of emotions relating to experiencing debt relief. Obviously, at first, clients are ‘gung ho’ to get their debt paid off – excited, anxious, motivated. They have many questions relating to the process of debt repayment and how being on a debt management program will impact their lives. Usually clients expect big changes to happen quickly and the turnaround to be immediate.
As the debt repayment program continues on (with a maximum length of 60 months, or 5 years, unless there are student loans involved), clients usually settle into a steady momentum of payments every month. They get used to the money being allocated to their debt and reconfigure their budgets accordingly. Months, then years, go by.
What happens in the interim? Sometimes, unfortunately, people experience debt fatigue during the debt repayment process. What is debt fatigue and how can you manage it?