Negativity is a hallmark of the major media. Newspapers, talk radio, television and the Internet feed on the turmoil in the world and broadcast it directly into our brains.
If we dwell on this depressing worldview too long, we may become paralyzed with fear. Everything is hopeless, we tell ourselves. Everyone is out of work and losing their homes and life savings. Life is over as we know it. Give up.
Granted, life may be rough right now. Money's tight. That expected raise may have just evaporated. Maybe worries persist about another series of layoffs.
But giving in to fear is not the answer; it only keeps the networks' ratings up. The antidote to negativity is action. It is not panicked, hysterical, run-for-the-hills action, however.
Instead, it is controlled, calculated and decisive action. It is planning things, taking steps, working through problems, finding solutions. It is positive action.
Positive action fuels vibrant energy; vibrant energy fuels uplifting thoughts; uplifting thoughts fuel positive actions.
For whatever mess we find ourselves in, positive action is - and always will be -our salvation.
Following are examples of assertive steps you can take to minimize anxiety over the present economic situation.
But small problems now can mushroom into major troubles that require costly solutions down the road. The stress of dealing with a broken appliance is often much greater than that of simply maintaining it.
Divide needs from wants. Buy things that are necessary (fresh fruit and vegetables); don't buy things that are merely wanted (donuts and sugar cookies).
Fulfill your job description and then strive to go beyond it. If layoffs occur, you want to be the one the business cannot do without.
However, the last thing you need is to miss work because you got sick or had a dental emergency that could have been avoided with a teeth cleaning.
Regardless of what the media might say, we are not without control over our lives. Take positive action by changing spending patterns and behaviors. Perhaps the most important action is to change mental attitudes. Don't get caught up in the unrelentingly depressing media coverage. Remain calm. Keep a balanced perspective.
So we're in a recession. Now what are you gonna do about it?
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