Tough Financial Times Ratchet Up Stress Levels

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Mar 25, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

Economic woes have been unrelenting over the past months. For 8 in 10 Americans, money is a top source of stress, according to the American Psychological Association’s [APA] 2008 Stress in America Survey, and negative financial news continues to fuel people’s fears.

You can help your clients deal with stress by encouraging healthy behaviors—exercise, in particular. Experts recommend coping with stress by increasing physical activity (for example, walking more), spending time with family and friends, and choosing healthy, nutritious foods. Self-care is even more important in difficult financial times.

In the 2008 APA survey, 47% of Americans reported that their stress had increased. Frequently reported symptoms included fatigue, feelings of irritability or anger, insomnia, lack of interest or motivation, depressed or sad feelings, headaches and muscular tension.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA IDEA Author/Presenter

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at