How To Cope With Stress Related To Unemployment or The Failing Economy
Copyright 2011. Roberta Shapiro, M.ED., LCSW
In my private practice (located in Miami Beach),I have seen a growing number of clients coming in for therapy sessions for stress related issues. Given today’s poor economic climate I want you to understand what stress is, and how you can deal with it effectively.
As humans, we have an innate stress-alarm system originally designed to help us fight or run away when faced with danger. Some of you may know it as the fight-or-flight response. So many people today in my community, Miami-Dade, are experiencing prolonged stress factors due to the staggering unemployment situation. By failing to discharge the body’s stress response, one’s immune system can become weakened, leading to poor health.
Possible long-term consequences of living with too much stress are ulcers, high blood pressure, higher risk of coronary heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cancer.
Some causes of stress:
- Financial insecurity
- Job loss
- Job changes; a new job
- Ending or beginning of a relationship
- Death of somebody we love and/or need
- Having a baby (postpartum depression)
Symptoms of excessive stress:
- Neck, back, and shoulder pains
- Nervous twitches, “tics”
- Greater susceptibility to colds, influenza or
- Worsening of existing illnesses
- Depression, anxiety, irritability, nervousness,
- Jaw pains and toothaches (from rubbing teeth)
- Cankers, cold sores
- Stomach aches, diarrhea, loss of or increase in
- For those suffering from herpes, you may have
increased frequency of herpes episodes
I know that too many South Florida residents cannot afford to see a therapist, the good news is that there are some inexpensive (or free) tools/methods which you can implement to reduce stress. To minimize the effects of stress in various ways such as:
- Better diet (avoid junk food, foods high in
sugar or sucrose, try to avoid drinking sodas)
- Meditation, be sure to read my articles on how
- Take a warm bath
- Go to the beach, either walk on the beach, or take a dip in the ocean.
- Read my free eBook, An Overview of Anxiety, and the 27 Best Ways To Deal With Anxiety
- I also suggest that you listen to a sample of my Goodbye, Worry CD– a wonderful tool (and very inexpensive) for self-meditation, as well as to help you take control of your mind, instead of your mind controlling your thoughts.
I sincerely hope that you’ve found this article helpful in some way. As always, if you have a question for me, I invite you to do so at the bottom of this page, by clicking on comments. You do not have to use your real name, your email address will always be kept private and will never be shared with an outside party.
Roberta Shapiro, M.ED.