Tough Economy Survival Guide: Stress

Well, it’s probably a given that – regardless of your situation during these trying, economic times –  you’re under a bit of stress.   It’s also a given that most of this stress is probably revolving around money – or lack thereof.   But that is that really the only contributing factor?  Here are a few other things that may be making the situation less than pleasant.


From the TV to newspaper to magazines, we are just overrun with publications wanting to remind us of how bad things are, or how bad things may potentially become.  It’s important that you understand that the goal of the media is sensationalism.  They will say and do anything to get your attention.   For some reason, we’ve given them the impression that the uglier it is, the more we want to know.   (Unfortunately, that’s all too true.)

One of the best things you can do is either minimize or eliminate your interaction with media.

  • First, cancel any magazine subscriptions you can for publications that are all “doom and gloom.”  (Time Magazine is one of the worst.)
  • Next, either reduce or cancel the number of times per week you get the newspaper.   If you really have to know what’s happening, read the paper online.   (You’ll be helping the environment as well.)
  • Finally, shut off the TV or limit what you watch, with the news occupying no more than 10 minutes a day.   A lot of newscasts are promising to give you all the most important news and weather in the first “x” number of minutes.  Watch that and no more.

Budget Like it’s 1999

Apologies to Prince for that one…but it does make you think, doesn’t it?   How were you spending money in 1999 (if you can remember that far back and if you were even old enough to spend money).   Times were different as were spending habits.  We spent far less and got far more bang for the buck – including quality of life.    Don’t you miss those times?  Don’t you often wish you could bring them back?  Well, it just takes one person to start a trend.   Why can’t that person be you?  Turn back the clock and recreate how you lived then.   Spend only money you have.  Buy only what you  need.   Find pleasure in things like walks on the beach, picnics in the park, an afternoon at the movies, or taking a regular vacation.    These activities – and trying to remember how to do them – will take your mind of the current state of affairs!

Focus on Health

The worst thing you can do when you’re under stress is over eat, avoid exercise, drink/smoke excessively, etc.   Yet, 60% of the US population if overweight, which is no surprise.   As you’re trying to return your life to a simpler, happier time, why not turn back the number on the scale, turn up the clicks on your pedometer, and save gas by not driving to the gas station for beer and cigarettes?   The economic crisis is what it is.  However, you have 100%  control over your health.   Instead of whining and complaining about what you don’t have, put that energy into focusing on what you can have: your health.

These are just a few of the ways in which you can make the present a little more bearable.  What else can you find in your life that will benefit YOU in a positive way?


  1. People spent money pretty much all the time in 1999. It happens all the time. The economy will bounce back and people will spend like they use again. History tends to repeat its self

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