It's Monday morning again.
If you have a job, it's the beginning of another work week. You may love your job or dislike it, but either way you're probably more grateful to have it than ever before. (Even if you are worried as to how secure it really is.)
If you don't have a job, it's another week when perhaps you're looking for
a job, trying to convince someone to hire you, to give you a chance. You are working hard to make ends meet, and wondering how and when it will all work out. You are tired of classified ads and filled with stress. If you have children, you're even more worried for them.
And regardless of which scenario is true for you, you're probably feeling more anxiety than you're used to. You may be sleeping poorly. You may be retreating socially, or seeing changes in your weight.
The New York Times recently wrote a story about how the recession, and the constant job losses, home foreclosures and company closings are affecting people regardless of their own status:
"Anxiety, depression and stress are troubling people everywhere," the story said, "many not suffering significant economic losses, but worrying they will or simply reacting to pervasive uncertainty.
"Some are seeking counseling or medication for the first time. Others are resuming or increasing treatment, or redirecting therapy for other issues onto economic anxiety."
In the story, therapists and psychiatrists were seeing higher numbers of patients. Suicide hot lines were getting more calls. Substance abuse workers have seen an increase. And even people not directly affected by the downturn are suffering panic attacks and sleeplessness, primarily in reaction to the loss of control they feel over the effects of the economy.
Here's the story in the Times:
How about you? How have you been affected by the economy, either physically or mentally? Can you share the things you do to help yourself feel better?
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