It’s hard to ignore all the attention the current financial state of the country is having on ordinary, everyday people. Do you find yourself lying awake at night wondering how you’re going to pay your rent or mortgage, utilities, phone and credit card bills while still being able to buy groceries, gas and medications?
If so, don’t despair. You’re not alone. We are all feeling the tight economic crunch and trying desperately to find a way out. I suppose I have been trying to stay as positive as possible, believing that the hard times will soon get better and people will end up back on their feet.
I think the most important thing you can do for yourself to ease the anxiety of financial hardships is to try and keep an open mind. Lean on those people closest to you. Confide in your friends and family. Brainstorm ways to earn extra money, cut down on everyday expenses and co-op your resources. Making small accomplishments will help you feel more in control and help to ease the stress weighing on your mind and body.
Speaking of your body…you must take care of it! Don’t stop eating healthy just because you’re on a stricter budget. Every week, I take a few minutes and go through my local grocery inserts to see where the deals are. Fruits and vegetables can always be bought rather cheaply. And if you’re creative, you can find interesting new recipes that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Keep exercising! When you begin to feel like you’re spiraling out of control, walk outside. Breathe in deeply for a few moments and go for a walk. Even if you only have time for a short walk, get moving. Stretch your arms and legs and imagine your most healthy YOU. You’re no good to your family, work or anyone else if you don’t take care of yourself.
Give yourself a big HUG! This may sound corny, but it works. Over the last year, I’ve taken quite a few yoga, stretch and meditation classes. Most of them end with giving yourself a hug. Let your body know how much you appreciate everything it does for you every day.
Don’t lose HOPE. This, too, shall pass. Things may take a little time to work themselves out, but they will get better. Try to smile when you feel more like crying and don’t lose hope. Your positive mentality will help keep you grounded.
What are you doing to stay positive in these trying economic times?