Ways to Protect Your Mental Health

Learning to cope is a constructive way to deal with stressful symptoms. Coping techniques include:

• Trying to keep things in perspective – recognizing the positive aspects in life can help retain hope for the future.
• Strengthening connections with family members and friends who can provide support.
• Engaging in activities that relieve stress and anxiety – such as physical exercise, hobbies and sports.
• Developing new skills for employment that can provide a means of coping and directly addressing financial difficulties.
• Taking charge of your environment – if you’re bothered by media coverage or conversations about the current economy, change channels, turn the page or excuse yourself from the conversation.

If you can find good ways to respond to stress you will be able to deal with challenges better.

Financial worries

Economic turmoil can cause a whole array of negative health effects – both physical and mental. Everyone deals with economic struggles differently. Dealing with these troubles can add tremendous stress, which increases the risk for developing depression, substance abuse, anxiety or compulsive behaviors such as over-eating and excessive gambling or spending.

It is important to be aware of signs that financial issues may be adversely affecting your emotional or mental well-being. These signs can include persistent sadness, excessive anxiety, lack of sleep/constant fatigue, excessive irritability/anger, difficulty staying focused, and not being able to function well at work, school or home. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms – you are not alone! These signs are very common reactions to increased stress.

We can’t change what comes at us, but we CAN change the way we react to it.