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.
For more suggestions on how to cope with stress, go to www.apahelpcenter.org.