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.
Feel free to post your issues, problem solving ideas, whatever you feel you need in this thread.
Bless each of youKitt
I feel really sad when I read about people losing their jobs and their homes due to this financial crisis. I just want to add that with our new president things could very well get better, but it might take some time.
So work on the things that you can do, don't stress about the things that you can't do anything about. That only makes us sink deeper into depression.
I hope all of you are doing well and have a roof over your head and food on your table. These are hard times, but all we can do is be there for eachother to help in some small way. Encouragement...
Take care all,
Karen and Kitt are right about how hard things are right now. A few suggestions on how I am dealing with this bad economy. I don't have a job right now but have been looking for some tiime and know that it may not happen for a while. What I am doing to conserve my resources is I am not purchasing anything that is not a necessity. For me that means buying only groceries for my family. Keep your thermostat down as low as you can stand. This will save on heating bills. Wear sweaters and pile on the blankets. Turn off any lights you are not using in a room. Only have a light on when you need it. Pay cash for the things you need to buy. If you use a dishwasher only run it full, once a week. And skip the dry cycle - it uses a lot of energy. Put away those credit cards and if you have debt try to pay it down. And don't be late or skip a payment as the credit card companies will punish you with late fees and raise your interest rate. They may also lower your line of credit. And don't cancel your cards as this will lower your credit scores which you need to keep up if you should ever need to get a loan. Many people have wanted instant gratification in the past and have lived beyond their means. Learn to live with what you have. The economy will eventually turn around and if you conserve now you will be in good shape when things improve. Just don't go back to old bad habits. Also, try to get out a few evenings or weekends and do something fun that is low or no cost. If you want to see a movie go to the earliest show as the tickets are always lower. If you like to read get your books from the library. You can even read the newspaper at the library. These are just a few suggestions. Hope it will help you to get by.