Depression

Depression And Our Economic Mood; How Do We Cope With the Anxiety and Stress of our Times?

How Do We Cope With the Anxiety and Stress

of our Times? 

   As of now the economy is in dire straights and Wall Street is topsey-tervey.  Credit lines are tightening up, bailout proposals have become the local topic as well as housing worries and layoff fears and depression.  As members of DF come and go, the world’s burden’s weigh heavily on their shoulders in search of solutions, wondering what will happen next. There is a tremendous fear that; “If I lose my job, then my health benefits are in jeopardy.”  What will happen next?

How Do We Cope With the Anxiety and Stress

of our Times? 

 

    As of now the economy is in dire straights and Wall Street is topsey-tervey.  Credit lines are tightening up, bailout proposals have become the local topic as well as housing worries and layoff fears and depression.  As members of DF come and go, the world’s burden’s weigh heavily on their shoulders in search of solutions, wondering what will happen next. There is a tremendous fear that; “If I lose my job, then my health benefits are in jeopardy.”  What will happen next?

As the market meltdown rises, the huge clamoring  made everyone last week rethink their own job security, credit and budget worries began to become an issue between husband and wife.  Money is a very sensitive issue for couples.  Financial uncertainty like we’ve seen thesr few weeks creates lots of pressure inside relationships.  Depression and anxiety gets more difficult to hold at bay.

Wall Street may seem distant. But its continuous clamor cuts through each of us.  Is the economy the latest in our list of anxieties?

It’s easy to go to catastrophic thinking in times like this and the what if’s? What if I lose my house? What if I lose my job?  We really do not know what is going to happen. And if we focus on the worst-case scenarios instead of on solutions, it keeps us suspended in this anxiety.

There’s just so much that’s unknown and so much that is unfamiliar.

What is the best thing that you can do right this moment?

Assess causes of your financial stress and plan ahead.

Make a plan, and review it regularly.

List ways your household can cut costs or manage money more efficiently.

Try to confront your fears, as it does have a calming effect.

Neither overreact nor become passive.

If need be, try to see your Therapist more regularly before any depression or anxieties get a stronger hold on you.

Sit tight, stay calm.  Pause but don’t panic. 

There are ways to deal with your business and the anxieties that go with it.

Pay attention to the economic news, but don’t get swept up in the doom-and-gloom hype that can lead to high anxiety and bad decision making.

Turn off your TV.  You need to take a much needed break from all the news that is working up all of that angst.

Experts say you need to change the subject. 

So, go out with your friends and change the subject. 

Have some much needed fun. 

Remember that all you can do is to do your very best each day, hope for the very best and try your hardest to take things in stride.

The bottom line is to take very good care of you and your family.  You’re worth it..and you are not alone!

 -Forum Admin

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