- How to Stay Positive in Tough Times

Submitted by dane
Sun, 8 Mar 2009

With the global economy struggling to stabilize and millions of people losing their jobs, the overall outlook of many Americans and people around the world has taken a bit of a nose dive. This isn't surprising, as loss of income obviously leads to increased stress, which can cause a whole host of mental, emotional, relational and even physical problems, from fatigue and malnutrition to marital strife and depression. But these kinds of problems can be avoided the key is, it's all about attitude.

In these difficult times, it's important to stay positive, and keep a glass is half full mentality. This is true across the board, whether you've lost your job or not. In fact, employers looking to cut costs are more likely to let go of employees who don't bring positivity and energy to the workplace now, more than ever, companies need leaders, even cheerleaders, to keep up morale and prevent further losses. So don't let your spouse's job loss or news of pay cuts or other setbacks effect your work attitude power through, and show your employer just how much they need you, and what a leader you can be to those who are struggling around you.

If you have lost your job, it's very common to feel helpless and even depressed. This is normal, but it's important that you don't let these feelings affect your efforts to find a new source of income. Letting yourself spiral into a state of depression will only make it harder to get back on top. Instead, hit the ground running and start a new job search right away. Revise your resume, re-evaluate your priorities, and keep your chin up!

Of course, staying positive in tough times isn't always easy, but there are things you can do to make it easier on yourself. First, cut extraneous costs. If you've lost some or all of your income, take a long hard look at your monthly spending and cut everything you don't need: fancy cable, high-tech cell phone service, regular salon appointments, eating out, unnecessary shopping, etc. It's better to do without than to sink yourself into debt. Simplification is a great way to relieve stress and pressure, and to really reevaluate what matters and what doesn't. News flash: things won't make you happy. It's people, relationships, friendships, that really matter, and the sooner you learn to focus on this and forget all the "stuff" that the media, commercials and everyone else says you need.

If you find yourself struggling to stay positive, another way to help remove some of the stress is to stop watching the news. The highly alarmist, ratings-driven nature of the modern media has made it less reliable and more sensational. Turn the TV off and just browse headlines online to see what's going on in the world. No need to listen to whatever issue the media has decided to panic about today they will move on to a new one soon enough, and frankly, you don't need the added stress. Finally, remember the old saying, "laughter is the best medicine" it's a clich for a reason.

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