Surviving in Difficult Times

Tips for Survival

It’s no secret that the world economy has been struggling in recent times, and the troubled state of the economy has in turn caused many people to be afraid (or even to feel a sense of outright panic). The problem is that it is neither healthy nor desirable to live your life in a panicked state of mind. For starters, it is utterly exhausting to live this way. In addition, if you live your life stuck in a state of heightened anxiety, this can have a hugely detrimental effect on your physical and emotional health over the course of time. For a step by step plan about how to avoid panicking in a bad economy, please read this article. 

The first and most critical step in this process is to adapt a frugal lifestyle. When you make an effort to save money every single day in a variety of different ways, you are taking a proactive approach to dealing with your anxiety about living through a down economy. For instance, get into the habit of cutting coupons, shopping at thrift stores, and having one or more than one day each week when you spend no money at all. When you go green by turning off the lights, not running the water as much, and recycling or repurposing various household items, you are not only helping the environment, but you are saving money in the process (and working effectively toward alleviating your economy-related anxiety).

Your second step is to distract yourself with other thoughts that are unrelated to the economy (and that are generally positive in nature). Thinking too much about the negative state of the economy can actually end up paralyzing you, emotionally speaking. Indeed, when you dwell too much on negative thoughts in general you are not putting yourself in a good position to take action or to alleviate your fears. As much as you can, try to focus on the positive aspects of what is going on in your life. For instance, if you are in good health and your family members are in good health, focus on these positive facts to help lift you out of your funk and prevent panicking. 

The third step in this process is to use relaxation techniques to stave off and/or reduce anxiety related to the state of the economy. Getting yourself all worked up about the bad economy is not good for your physical, emotional or mental health. You need to take care of yourself in all ways by eating right, exercising, meditating, communing with nature and doing whatever else you do to feel healthy and strong. 

If you work on implementing all of these steps but you find that you are still panicking about the bad economy, remember that it can be very helpful to talk about your anxiety to a trusted friend or loved one, or perhaps a therapist.

These days, news broadcasters spend a lot of time talking about the bad economy, but you don’t have to listen to every single newscast to be an informed citizen. If a particular newscast about the economy is bringing you down or causing you to panic, it is okay to change the channel or turn off the radio or television completely and perhaps get outside for a change of scenery.