Follow traditional de-stress advice, but tweak it. To de-stress, people are supposed to exercise, eat right, find a way to calm down. But it's crucial to find the technique or techniques that work for you, Rosch said.
"You have to find out what works for you so that you will practice and adhere to it because it relieves tension and makes you feel better," he said. "Jogging, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and listening to music are great for some but dull, boring and stressful when arbitrarily imposed on others."
Decrease the drama in your life. Rozman said that it's typical for people who've been laid off or fear losing their jobs to sit around and complain. But that only adds to the stress and drama, she said.
"Drama is when we amp up anger, anxiety or fear," she said. So if you find yourself in the midst of a woe-is-me conversation, she said, don't add to it by complaining more. Rather, try to change the subject or the tone. She suggests talking about how to improve things, not how bad things are.
Ration your news diet. The news can be full of bad economic tidings, 24/7. So limit your viewing, Rozman suggested. Decide what amount you can watch and still keep a balance between being informed and being dragged down.
Stop the comparisons. "Don't compare the present with the past," Rozman said. It's natural but depressing. Instead, give yourself time to heal after a job loss or other major setback and then move on.
And rather than thinking, "I've lost my nest egg," try: "Here's what I'll do to get it back," she said.
"It's about shifting focus to something that doesn't bring you down," Rozman added.
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