Never give up..........I am so sorry this crazy economy has caused pain for so many. I have lot over 1/2 of my pension fund and don't know what to do . My son is setting me up with financial advisor for a free consultation.
America's financial crises is fueling chronic stress and limiting some people's ability to think clearly, control emotions and regulate bodily functions in a healthy manner.
Now is the time to take control of emotions and better regulate the mind-body stress response.
Productive worry is thinking on situations you can control, and you should use productive worry to take actions that reduce stress and relieve anxiety.
Unproductive worry is thinking about things you cannot control,"
Take a break. Don't saturate yourself with stressful information. Stay informed, but take a news break. Most people don't need to track the markets minute by minute."
Stay connected. Don't let the rest of your life dwindle away. Make sure you are paying attention to daily activities: family, friends, social occasions and recreation. Pay attention to yourself. Remember that stress takes a physical toll. Learn meditation and do muscle relaxation. More simply, pay attention to your stress level throughout the day and occasionally breathe slowly and deeply. Reference: University of Alabama at Birmingham
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I know the feeling of "I should have known better" but it's so true that we learn many things only in retrospect and through experience. I was in that place this summer and I felt so crappy about the situation and my decision making etc. for a few months. Then finally I found the strength to gradually start to move forward again. I see that same kind of strength rising in you and that's a good sign! It might take awhiel to regroup and rebuild but it can happen and with all the skills you have and lessons learned, who knows but that the second time round might even find you better off in years to come. Don't lose heart. You can recover.
Take good care of yourself. You are doing well.
Frances i know that in my case, through my own, stupid fault i have racked up credit card debt. it was reckless and dumb and now im paying that off every fortnight and it leaves me with precious little of my paycheck to do anything with. i am certain my financial problems have worsened my anxiety and depression, but im also angry for letting myself be irresponsible with the credit cards- i earn good money, i should never have got into debt, and now i stress and stress and kick myself. (the credit cards have been chopped up and thrown out) but the anxiety about money doesnt go away.
i hope things improve for you, and do so quickly. in my case, i only have myself to blame,