(BPT) - October is National Financial Planning Month, a time when we traditionally slow down, check in and make some progress toward our long-term financial goals. Big-picture money objectives may feel difficult right now, while we grapple with the economic fallout from the pandemic and struggle to meet immediate financial needs. Nearly half of Americans are worried about their financial future, according to Prudential’s 2020 Financial Wellness Census, and most people perceive their financial mobility as fixed.

In this current climate, it’s important to take stock of our new reality, adjust our strategies and move toward practicing financial wellness, even if financial security feels temporarily out of reach. Amanda Clayman, financial therapist and Prudential’s Financial Wellness Advocate, is here to guide us through some steps for looking to the future with hope:

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