I like success stories. Optimism can carry you over some pretty high hurdles. It pays to have a bit of a positive outlook in this economy as well. Countless Atlantans have been down, but certainly not out in this period of financial challenge.
Admittedly, keeping your head up isn’t always easy. It explains why clinical psychologist, Dr. Paula Bloom, addresses emotional and mental issues surrounding money several times a week during her practice. Bloom, an Atlanta resident and frequent contributor to CNN Espanol, says difficult times present opportunities to “recalibrate” and press “control-alt-delete” on the things that are out of your control.
The recession is real and coursing deep through the heart of the Atlanta economy.
In an interview this morning, Bloom provided these tips to cope in the midst of stress, job loss and financial struggles:
Separate yourself from negativity
“Limit your exposure to a lot of negative things. Just as Swine Flu is contagious, freaking out about the economy is contagious. It’s important to have a more long-term look at things. Resist the temptation to be sucked into all of the drama.”
Remember what means most to you
“Clarify for yourself what your values are. Ask yourself what are your top three values, and then think about the three things you’re focusing most on. A lot of times it’s not those values.”
You do have power
“There is the feeling of powerlessness that is prevalent. As a result, people are doing things like drinking, eating poorly, spending too much money, doing drugs…You do things that are destructive. You have to take care of yourself. There are things you have control of, like making sure you’re sleeping enough, exercising, eating properly and spending time with other people.”
Bloom encouraged readers to hold on to this point: “Yes, it is stressful. But ask how useful it is to stay in the problem. It is more useful to stay in the solution.”
My question: Has the economy left you stressed? If so, how have you coped throughout the recession? How do you counter stress?
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