I found myself listening to the news again and hearing the same old story. Economists say were not in a recession and they don’t think we will end up back in a recession in the near future. No double dip recession according to the economists. This is a story I hear on the TV and Radio way too often and in all honesty it makes me angry.
Lets be real, the regular person is in a recession so why do the economists say different.
First, let me explain where my thoughts and opinions come from. I’m a Therapist and adjunct instructor at two colleges inNew Jersey. Between my clients, students, friends and family, I can honestly tell you that I have not heard from one person that they feel we are out of a recession or that they are doing so well that they are not feeling stressed and worried. If anything, I’m having more clients and students come to me with more stress and anxiety then they know how to deal with. I’m hearing about panic attacks from people you would never expect to have one, they are actually surprised themselves.
This leaves me wondering if the economists are not part of the dying middle class? We the middle class live in fear of layoffs, loss of health insurance for ourselves and children, raising food and gas prices and so much more. But yet we are not in a recession? I have to say emotionally and mentally we are definitely still in a recession, it affects every thing we do, how we think, act and buy. We even see it in the stress levels of our children. So, I resent the media telling me that we are not in a recession. I think the truth would be refreshing and greatly appreciated by the “working people”. Let us know where we stand and give us solutions. We are sick of hearing all the problems and issues in theUnited Stateswithout any solutions and what we can do to help our recovery. You wouldn’t see so much fear from the consumer if we had a bit of honesty and solutions. The fear is causing high levels of stress throughoutAmerica.
With my words above, I want to give some signs of stress and anxiety. If you are having some of these symptoms for long periods of time, physical symptoms such as dizziness, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing and/or feelings of panic, you’re having problems functioning in your daily life and/or you’re having fears that you cannot control then please contact your doctor or a mental health provider.
If stress continues for months you could feel the effects physically and psychologically.
Here are some symptoms of severe stress: Loneliness, isolation, insecurity, loss of focus and concentration, loss of memory, change in appetitive, fatigue, trouble sleeping, mood swings, irritable, impatience, frequent illness, stomach issues, neck and back pain and change in appetite.
Psychosomatic illness – These are real illnesses that are caused by emotional factors such as stress, anxiety and depression. There are real physical symptoms. If you remain stressed, anxious, angry, etc eventually it will take a toll on your body.
Example: A stressful event can lead to a peptic ulcer or high blood pressure.
Dealing with stress
- Know your triggers – are there certain situations, locations or people that cause you stress? Once you know your triggers, you can remove yourself from those situations set up boundaries or limitations.
- Learn ways to relax- what soothes you? Is it music, exercise, reading a book? It’s different for everyone.
- A great way to reduce stress is walking. Walk at least 3-4 times a week to reduce stress and produce endorphins.
- Make sure your basic needs are met – this includes sleep, exercise, water and eating right.
- Pay it forward – the more we help others, the better we feel. It’s also a great way to pre-occupy yourself from stressful situations.
- Moods and emotions are contagious – make sure to surround yourself with positive people. If you’re surrounded by negative/toxic people, you will feel drained and mentally exhausted.
- Destress with laughter. Laughter reduces stress. When was the last time you had a really good belly laugh?
- Pets reduce stress. If you don’t have a pet, volunteer at your local animal shelter –you will also reap the benefits of paying it forward.
- Nature is calming – take a walk outside in the park or around water.
- Some great ways to relax: Yoga, meditation, massages, journal writing, breathing exercises and long baths.