Economic Uncertainty Takes a Toll on Mental Health
Released on: June 10, 2008, 8:13 am
Press Release Author: Pugliese Public Relations
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 depression." 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 times? 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 ahead. 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 www.hancounseling.com.
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