6 Steps for Reducing Economic Stress

By Steve Sisgold

“You can’t solve a problem with the same thinking that created it.”  –Albert Einstein

6 Steps for Reducing Economic StressAccording to the American Psychological Association, more than 2/3 of adults with high stress (69%) say their stress has increased in the past year compared with only 13% of people with low stress (a 1, 2, or 3 on a 10-point scale) and 35% of Americans overall.

Only 37% of Americans say that they’re doing an excellent or good job of managing their stress. The top sources of stress for Americans was money (69%), work (65%), and the economy (61%).

The government shows a gradual increase of the US economy, but millions of Americans are facing a different version of the same story.

According to a new national survey conducted by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, many Americans continue to suffer from the impact of the Great Recession. More than half of those surveyed believe the US economy won’t fully recover for another 6 years, but 1/3 said the US economy will never fully recover.

Here are 6 “Whole Body Tips” for reducing economic stress and any other stress your employees may be facing:

1. Stop Over-Thinking!

Letting your mind take you through a house of horrors can make you more anxious and push you into blind action that turns scary fiction into fact.

2. Scan Your Body.

Detect and release tension in your body from head to toe. Take a few moments throughout the day to check in and notice what your body is telling you. Are you breathing rapidly, tensing your body, or gripping the phone, steering wheel, or computer mouse like there is no tomorrow?

3. Breathe Consciously.

Instantly calm your anxiety and gain focus through conscious breathing. Taking five full deep breaths — in through your nose and out through your mouth — will slow your breathing and instantly reduce anxiety. Deep breathing also helps you disengage from fearful, catastrophic thinking.

4. Move Your Body.

Exercise of any form will circulate energy throughout your whole body and give you a break from obsessive mental activity while releasing built up tension.

5. Communicate.

Tell someone what you are feeling. Get your concerns off your chest and ask for support from a manager, friends, family or a professional coach or counselor. Holding your fears inside builds anxiety to proportions that can make you sick, depressed or immobilized. In this case, silence in NOT golden.

6. Get Innovative.

Think out of the box. Make a list of proactive steps you can take to improve your life and broaden your skills.

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