People are stressed out. They’re tired because they’re not sleeping well. They’re more irritable. There’s so much insecurity about their jobs, their savings and the future. Now more than ever, people need to manage their emotions in order to remain healthy and feel insecure.
Stresscenter.com offers the following tips for managing stress in economically challenging times.
1 - Let go. Focus on the things you can control and let the rest go.
2 - Get active. Try and get at least 30-minutes of exercise daily. Even a moderately paced walk can do wonders for emotional outlook. Exercise is a great way to release tension and burn up chemicals that are released in the body’s response to stress. Exercise has been proven to enhance mood.
3 - Get Creative. Look for ways your family can save money. Cook simpler meals. Become a coupon shopper. Reduce household energy consumption. Eliminate discretionary spending while you build up savings.
4 - Tune out. Turn off the TV and stop reading all of the bad news.
5 - Laugh. Rent a comedy. Spend time with family and friends. Play with your children. Look for humor in your daily life. Laughter has been proven to reduce stress hormones in the body and increase the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins.
6 - Get a good night’s sleep. Try and get eight hours of sleep each night. Being properly rested helps you handle stressful situations throughout your day.