Is The Economy Stressing You Out?
Posted by Catherine Morgan on February 26, 2009
A new study finds that women are increasingly stressed over money and the economy. I can’t say this comes as much of a surprise to me. You only have to tune into the national news for a few minutes to understand the gravity of our failing economy.
If you haven’t already lost your job, you are probably worried that you might. If you aren’t already struggling to pay your mortgage, you may worry that at some point you will struggle. If you are married, you may find yourself fighting with your significant other over money much more often than you had in the past. And if you’re single, you may be wishing you weren’t alone in your financial struggles. It seems we are all affected one way or another to this poor economy.
Are you feeling stressed about the economy? If so, you’re not alone.
We have all felt the pinch of this tight economy lately. People are being laid off of jobs, business after business is closing, house values dropping and even the cost of eating healthy has gone sky high.
They say this bad economy has even had a tole on our bodies.
Tammy Garcia at Git’ T Fit has five tips for managing stress…
Stress is the number one contributing factor to physical conditions like obesity, heart disease, chronic fatigue, muscle pain and depression.
So what are you doing to manage your stress?
Most people who follow these strategies find it really helps them decrease their stress levels but some don’t.
For most people implementing these strategies has given them a new lease on life.
According to data from the American Psychological Association’s newly released 2008 Stress in America survey, women are bearing the brunt of the nation’s stress. Compared with men, women repeatedly report being more stressed about money, the economy, job stability, housing costs, and health problems affecting their families. Mature women (+63) reported the most dramatic increases in stress, in some instances up as much as 18% from the prior year.
Women were more likely than men to report physical symptoms associated with their increased stress. Their symptoms include such problems as:
* feeling depressed or sad
* disrupted sleeping and eating habits
In hospital wards and medical clinics across Massachusetts, doctors see growing evidence that the ill economy is making patients sick, spawning headaches and churning stomachs, and even causing bouts of anxiety and depression among people who never before sought psychiatric help.