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The Importance of Managing Stress During a Recession


Managing stress during a difficult recession can seem nearly impossible.  Concerns about losing your job, job loss, rising costs and plunging investments can make the most level headed person crazy.  To keep your santiy during an economic downturn, it's important to manage your stress and find ways to get relief. 

Excersice Stress Away

There's nothing like a long run or brisk walk to take the edge off. It's important to incorporate some form of physical activity every day in order to get the endorphin levels up and your blood pumping. Any activity for at least 30 minutes each day will make a difference with your stress level, even if it's running around outside with the kids. Excerise will help you to be more alert and prepared to take on your day with a level head. Studies have shown that people who excersice actually perform better at home and work, so try a brisk walk for 30 minutes the night or morning before an interview or a new challenge.

Eat Healthy Each Day

It's a basic notion, but in order to keep a clear head and confront the daily recession rollercoaster, you need to feed your body only healthy, nutritious foods. Add plenty of fruits, grains and vegetables to every meal, and you'll see not only your energy levels rise, but your overall attitude will improve. Try to reduce the amount of alcohol and caffeine you consume and replace with water. The combination of healthy foods and water will also have an impact on your overall appearance. Eating healthy not only helps you on the inside, but on the outside.

Talk to Friends

We are all in the same boat, and everyone has worries during a recession. Talking to friends and expressing your concerns and fears will help relax your mind and ease stress. Find a close friend and go out for lunch or coffee to talk. Talk therapy is one of the best ways to work through emotions, and your friends can help. You can also listen to your friend's concerns about her recession stress. Knowing that we are all going through the same ordeal, can not only bond your friendship, but lift some of the burden.

Be Proactive

Recession times make us feel powerless, and many of us feel like crawling into bed. Don't! You need to remember that you do have some control, and there are steps you can take to maintain control over your life when things seem out of control. If you've lost your job, or know that job loss is imminent, begin tapping into your professional and personal network. Talk about making a career move and see what leads you obtain. Searching for a job today is a little easier than in the past because we have a plethora of online channels that can help aid our search. Try typing in your career title along with the word, "jobs" into a search engine to uncover career specific job boards.

Additionally, you can review your expenses, and determine which items you need versus what you want. Perhaps getting that $5.00 cup of coffee each morning isn't a necessity, and cutting back on going out to dinner could help. Making little changes can relieve a stressed budget, and help you rest easier at night.

During any crisis, our brain and body goes into overdrive, which can have a negative impact on our professional and personal life. By implementing a few stress reducing strategies, you can take the edge off and feel more in control!

Gina Ragusa is a freelance writer and mom from sunny (and sometimes not) South Florida. Her 15 year experience ranges from writing about banking to tattoo parlors. Read more about her adventures at

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