Financial Trouble Can Increase Your Stress!

By Staff Writer

Losing a job, having a bad business year, divorce or a death in the family can result in tremendous changes. Personal and family crises often lead to a decrease in income and security, and may lead to other issues. Since change can lead to stress, it is important to try to understand some causes, effects, and ways of handling stress.

Take Care of Yourself

When you are in the middle of a crisis, maintaining control is important. Concentrate on keeping your attitude, your family, and your body as strong as possible.

  1. Don't blame yourself for what has happened. It is crucial to believe in yourself.
  2. Find support with friends, family, and others going through similar circumstances.
  3. Don't keep anxiety and anger bottled up. Talk about your problems with your family or someone close to you.
  4. Take one thing at a time. Work on one thing at a time. Don't try to resolve all your problems at once.
  5. Keep yourself active and involved. Spend time planning your future and searching for a new job, but don't spend too much time worrying.
  6. Learn to relax. Just a few minutes of listening to soothing music or curling up with a good book can help reduce stress.
  7. Think positively. Positive images can keep you going even when everything is going wrong.
  8. Take care of your health. Maintain a nutritious diet.
  9. Accept your situation, but remember that you can have some control over the unwanted side effects.

Managing Stressful Situations

  1. Prepare in advance. When you are going to confront a stressful experience, such as a job interview, prepare for it mentally. Anticipate and rehearse questions and answers.
  2. Accept and discuss. Accept the situation and recognize your ability to take control. Look for trouble spots and do what you can to change them.
  3. Analyze worries. Make a list of the reasons you are worried about a particular problem.  Devote your energy and actions to changing the things over which you have control. Accept the things you cannot control.
  4. Accept personal responsibility. Taking control of your own activities can help you learn to respond and adapt to the stresses of your situation.

Know Where to Get Help

It is important to know when and where to seek help. Your Best Care EAP can help you deal with stress, as well as the physical and emotional trauma that may accompany it. Here are some signs to look for:

  1. You feel depressed most of the time. (You have difficulty sleeping, you cry a lot for no reason; helplessness; chronic fatigue; unreasonable fears; inability to concentrate; and change in appetite.)
  2. You show violence toward your family or think of suicide.
  3. You increase your use of alcohol, especially drinking in the morning or hiding your drinking, or you get meanwhile drinking.
  4. You find yourself lying to people about what happened to you or what you're doing.

If your problems seem too big to handle, we are here to help.

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