Overcoming Financial Stress and Anxiety

Overcoming Financial Stress and Anxiety

 

As 2013 comes to a close, in the midst of holiday preparations and year-end work deadlines, more Americans than ever will find their minds drifting to their bank accounts.

In a recent Washington Post-Miller Center poll, more than half of respondents reported at least some worry about losing their jobs, with 32 percent reporting that they worry “a lot” about it. These are record numbers that underscore just how big a source of anxiety that finances and the economy have become in this country.

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The Science of Anxiety: Stress Response and How to Cope

 

The Science of Anxiety: Stress Response and How to Cope

I’ve struggled with anxiety since childhood, but it wasn’t until my early 20s that I hit a turning point in managing my anxiety. That was when I took a class called “Stressed Out,” which was all about the science behind anxiety and stress. In it, the instructor taught about the stress response and its physical and emotional effects; in our “labs,” we participated in activities that are scientifically proven to calm the body and mind.

Gaining an understanding of what was going on in my body when I experienced anxiety and stress, and observing how it responded to various calming strategies, ultimately became one of the biggest influences in my journey toward becoming a calmer, healthier person.

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Overcoming Anxiety- Recovery Is Possible

Overcoming anxiety recovery is possible

 

Living with anxiety isn’t easy. The excessive worrying, missed sleep, and panic attacks can be overwhelming. Chronic anxiety may leave you feeling isolated and affect your relationships with family, friends and coworkers, exacerbating the problem. And this is to say nothing of the health consequences, which range from a compromised immune system to the development of heart disease. After being officially diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, rather than feeling validated and hopeful, some people feel even worse. [Read more…]

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