Find a Mantra It might seem cliche, but one way to deal with the stress of debt is to come up with an affirming mantra. It can be as simple as “I am in debt, but I am not a bad person.” Say it over and over again. Debt isn’t good, but it doesn’t help to dwell on it. Think about the reasons you got into debt, take some lessons from that, and move on.Get Real The most difficult step in dealing with the mental obstacle of debt is actually looking at the cold, hard numbers. But it must be done. Take a real look at what you owe and let it sink in. Then, as The Cut suggests, react in any way that feels cathartic (but not personally damaging!). Yell into a pillow, punch the couch, cry. Whatever works.Form a Plan Once you’ve had time to process the numbers, find some ways to cut down on spending and — if possible — add a bit of extra, short-term income (not just by working extra hours, selling things you’re no longer using also works). When you know how much you can afford to dedicate to debt, focus on the debt with the highest interest rate first. Keep your focus on that debt and that debt alone until you have it paid down. Having one simple goal can be helpful. And every dent you make in your debt will have a great impact on the mental blockade you were dealing with.