It's easy to complain right now. We are wondering which bank is going to fail next or whether gas prices will shoot up again. We're questioning how our businesses and jobs will survive.
Workers are anxious and paranoid as the layoff process drags on for months. And most of us are putting in more hours than ever, struggling more with work/life balance. It is a huge challenge to stay positive.
But now is the time to take on the challenge because negativity is contagious. It spreads through companies hurting performance and productivity. It permeates our home lives and infects relationships. To better cope, psychologists and experts say, we need to focus on positive actions, create a revised vision for our future and avoid pity parties at all costs.
But those pity parties just come out of no where..............
There's a lot about this financial hurricane that we can't control, but we can control our reactions to the crisis and make our own plan.
For the average worker, staying upbeat could be as simple as steering clear of the office water-cooler whinefests. Before you gripe about something, stop and think of one or two suggestions to fix the problem.
So it comes down to we have less money to spend. And we’re spending more for less.
This is where everyone joins in and starts tossing out ideas on how to deal with the problems coming down the pipeline.
Do we plant a vegetable garden, shop for clothing at Good Will?
Plan a tighter budget............your up, what do you think.
Hugs to All
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Winter moose hunt in back yard or when needed and lots of fishing for me
Anxiety 2007; IBS 2004; Chronic Hives 2002. Medications: Allegra, Zantac, Xanax, Darvocet.
Happy New Year,
I have a few tips that I have been practicing..............
I now drive a 4 cylinder car, better gas mileage and my hubby uses it for all his errands ect.
I have decided I need to sell my motorcycle come spring and I need to tuck away the money for that rainy day. I have no dental inurance so I have to pay big bucks for any thing I need done for my mouth, now don't go telling me to get the giant roll of Duct Tape.............
I make big batches of chili and other dishes at the same time and freeze extras so we don't have to be using so much electricity to be making the meals...............just microwave the extras.
My hubby, like cowboy, is a hunter who eats what he catches so we have vension year round.
I love nanners idea of never buy anything that is not on sale.
We gave up going out to movies as the cost of popcorn and pop alone is $8.50 plus the price of the movie.
We trade DVDs with our children and Inlaws.
I quit buying bottle spring water..........we have a well. Maybe I should start selling............lol.
Use you imagination and read here for more ideas.
Hugs at ya
Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/1/2009 4:12:11 PM (GMT-7)
Pay attention to your own economic experience. Don’t get caught up in the news, or in sensational headlines. Take stock of your personal finance situation. Chances are that it is better than the news shows would have you believe. So, don’t watch the news all the time, and take what you do watch with a grain of salt. Do what you can to prepare for the future and shore up your personal finance situation.
Give of yourself. Spend time volunteering and helping others. Keeping busy by getting out of yourself can help you feel better.
Spend more time with family and friends. Instead of spending money, spend time. Family activities and spending time with friends can help you feel better, and it does not have to be expensive. Your relationships are more important than material things.
Talk to a professional. Often, getting help creating a plan can give you confidence about where you are headed financially. A financial planner or credit counselor can help you create a plan to get your spending under control or reallocate your assets so that you feel more comfortable with where they are at.
Make an effort to take care of yourself physically. Some reactions to anxiety and stress can include emotional eating (my problem), lack of motivation, return to addictions (smoking, heavy drinking, etc.) and even over spending (”shopping therapy”). Try to exercise each day, and follow reasonably healthy habits. This will help you keep your body in shape as you work through your economy related issues.
Can you think of anything that would help with anxiety brought on by the economy?
I know you can................