Protect Your Heart from Recession-Related Stress (Second Part)
Here are a few more tips for handling recession-related stress, and protecting your heart in the process.
Eat and drink healthy. You can hit two birds with one stone here. You need to scrape a few dollars here and there, and giving up your usual burger and fries for lunch and packing a healthy meal of fresh vegetables and fruit may be one way to do it. There are people who deal with frustration by mindlessly snacking throughout the day, and before they know it, they’ve packed in a few extra pounds. Resist this temptation, and you are well on your way to surviving this storm healthy and happy.
Another temptation to resist is turning to alcohol. I have a rather personal experience regarding this, as my grandfather dealt with post-war depression by turning to the bottle and tobacco. What followed was a series of heart, lung and gastro-intestinal issues that eventually claimed his life.
Get busy. Being unemployed is not an excuse to lie around the house doing nothing all day. You may allow yourself a day or two to take it super slow, but beyond that, you should still keep yourself busy while waiting for the next opportunity to come along. Plan your day and establish a routine. Being productive at the end of the day can uplift even the most beleaguered sprit.
Set your priorities. Finding oneself in dire financial straits entails a lot of planning and making wise choices. It is not as simple as cutting back on everything – it is about choosing which ones are important, and spend your money there. Among these are medications and healthy food. You may give up your gym membership and opt to exercise by walking around the neighborhood, but don’t give up buying important medication. If you really want to save, you can work with your physician regarding finding generic or cheaper medications that work just as well.
So, think positive and see you at the other end of this crisis.Tags: heart disease, heart health, protect your heart, recession stress