The economy is shaky, no surprise there … but it means that people are worried about their jobs, about their businesses, about their income and their ability to buy the things they like to buy.
The stock market has taken a hammering … so people are worried about their retirement, about their nest-egg, about their ability to maintain a standard of living.
The newspapers are full of doom and gloom (did I mention that they are half the problem!) … which depresses people and they worry!
I have written long and often about the fact that worrying solves nothing … action is what solves problems, not worrying. However … human nature being what it is people DO worry and when you worry it put a strain on your body, increasing your likelihood of getting sick. So … YOU need to look after yourself.
Here are some thoughts on what you can DO (action is good) to help yourself.
1. Exercise. It is so good for you in so many ways, but it is a hard habit to build into your schedule. You have to find time to do this ESPECIALLY when you are busy and stressed! I wrote a blog entry about exercise some time ago … take a minute to click through to it.
2. Sleep. A lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is very hard on your system. We can all manage with less sleep for a while, but it catches up with you! You can read what I had to say about sleep in a previous blog entry.
3. Diet. When you are under stress it is more important than ever to take time to eat healthy and to try hard to maintain your weight. I wrote a blog entry some practical thoughts on this subject too.
4. Get a regular check-up. Its a little crazy that we all have our cars serviced at least once a year to ensure it is in good shape and no major problems are going to surface. However so many people won’t do the same for their body! Once a year go and see the doc … it gives you input from which you can build a plan to stay healthy for a long time!
So my message for the day is to be extra nice to yourself … and breeze through these tough times such that you will enter the good times ready to capitalise!