Economic Uncertainty Takes a Toll on Mental Health

Released on: June 10, 2008, 8:13 am

Press Release Author: Pugliese Public Relations

Industry: Healthcare

Press Release Summary: Mental health counselor provides tips for coping with
stressful times

Press Release Body: DELRAY BEACH, Florida-There is an enormous connection between
the economy and mental health. Money is one of the biggest stressors. A recent
Associated Press-AOL Health poll confirms that when people are dealing with large
debt, they are more likely to report health problems.
According to John Davis, a licensed mental health counselor in Delray Beach, "Losing
income and being unable to make ends meet creates intense anxiety and can lead to
In his private Delray counseling practice, Mr. Davis has seen patients heal
relationships, overcome depression, and deal with the trauma of job loss and
financial failure. In the current economy of spiraling prices and with the
tragedies and uncertainties of the war, the damage to people's psyche's occurs at an
alarming rate. Mr. Davis has seen a spike in the number of patients overwhelmed
with anxiety, especially about money and finances.
Mr. Davis explains, "Managing multiple stressors at once, including money, can lead
to depression, especially for some men, who traditionally don't share their
feelings. Some jobs such as fire safety, medical and police are especially
vulnerable, as are professions that are taught to perform their jobs without feeling
and thinking."
How can individuals deal with their issues more effectively during these challenging
Mr. Davis has some suggestions for coping with adversity:
1) Slow down. Counterintuitive, of course, but a wise strategy. Allow yourself to
"sharpen the saw" by taking time each morning to meditate, pray or just sit quietly.
Getting up just twenty minutes earlier can produce extra clarity about the day
2) Be mindful of the power in the present moment. Taking a breath, pausing and
letting those experiences touch us for a moment is an ancient practice that can
bring about emotional wellness.
3) Walk, run, swim, bike, dance, play tennis, mow the lawn. Raise your daily dose
of energizing movement, especially exercise that raises our heart rate and
breathing. Even moderate exercise will help to protect us from worry.
4) Help someone else less fortunate and accept no repayment. Even better if you can
do it anonymously. Letting go of our ego and worry for a period and concentrating
on the well being of someone else is one of the most powerful and healing things we
can do.
5) Moderate your appetite. Practice living on less. Eat and drink mindfully and
you will consume less.
John Davis, LMHC has been helping clients succeed for over 20 years. A graduate of
the University of Georgia at Athens, he gained his master\'s degree in Humanistic
Psychology at the State University at West Georgia at Carrollton. His office is
located at 75 NE 6th Avenue, Suite 210, Delray Beach, Florida. For more information
visit his Website at

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Contact Details: Pugliese Public Relations
Boynton Beach, FL

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