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Unhealthy Economy
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Financial worries are taking a toll on the physical and emotional health of Americans. According to a recent survey by the American Psychological Association, 80 percent of respondents said the troubled economy has ramped up their stress levels. That stress is leading to physical symptoms such as fatigue, muscle tension, headaches, irritability, and upset stomach. To reduce financial stress and its harmful effects, consider these steps:
  • Practice relaxation. Breathe deeply, pray, take a bubble bath, or watch a funny movie to help reduce anxious thoughts.
  • Try a news fast. Sure, you have to stay informed, but don’t listen to bad economic news all day, every day.
  • Make a plan. You’ll feel better if you’re proactive, so don’t put it off any longer: manage your budget, access your finances, or talk with a financial planner about long-term strategies.
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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, May/June 2009. Copyright © 2009 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.


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