Financial Stress

Stress over finding or keeping a job can lead to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and compulsive behaviors such as overeating, gambling, and overspending, according to US Department of Health and Human Services, which also offers a checklist of financial stress warning signs:

  • Persistent sadness/crying
  • Excessive anxiety
  • Lack of sleep/constant fatigue
  • Excessive irritability/anger
  • Increased drinking
  • Illicit drug use and/or misuse of medications
  • Concentration problems
  • Apathy.
  • If these symptoms persist, visit a mental health professional.

Coping techniques recommended by experts include:

  • Consulting with a financial planner
  • Maintaining a positive outlook
  • Socializing and strengthening ties with friends and family
  • Exercising and engaging in hobbies
  • Developing new employment skills
  • Talking with your spiritual leader
  • Investigating financial hardship programs.

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