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How to Raise Your Spirit in a Falling Market

We are swimming in the vortex of a fear-driven market, feeling as though we are sucked under the water with no air to breathe caught in a riptide. Do you know what to do if you are caught in a riptide? Above all do not fight the current because you will surely drown. Just keep calm and swim off to the side because only a few short feet away are safety, light, air and calmer waters. Stressful times require us to draw from a synergy of de-stressing techniques, so that you can move away from internally-driven stressors like shame, a lack of empowerment, loss and grief.

In my book Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life I explain that when life’s stressors spiral out of your control, you need to get back to basics, the ABC of things to help you figure out what went wrong and why. Somewhere along the way life became complicated with credit card bills, car payments, pricey homes which compete with the neighbors, fashion which needs to be replaced each season even when it is in excellent condition, eating out more often and of course, buying expensive gifts to show love – birthdays, Christmas and oh those lavish office parties! Now is the time to simplify life and invest in your own self-worth. Don’t rush off and take desperate actions in a frenzy of anxiety and fear; rather take the time to rest, breathe and reflect. There is great productivity during rest when you collect your energy and think about creative solutions which you can’t see when you are negative. You do have options! Just remember: Stability before mobility!

Life is a series of recoveries. Knowing and understanding that there will always be obstacles, will help you prepare for them during the good times like not living above your means and making sure to save for that inevitable rainy day. In stress-management the fundamental principle is that each challenge which you conquer raises your stress threshold for the next more difficult challenge to actually turn stress into strength.
Here are some beliefs which need to be reevaluated (as explained in Addicted to Stress) to help you shed the shame and the self-blame of this economic crisis. Don’t get locked into the status quo:

“Evaluate your emotional programming by asking yourself if the following statements are really true?Now for the solution: What can you do to get back to basics?
For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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