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Stressed by the Economy? Don't Let It Wreck Your Health
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4. Your sleep is suffering.
Stress is a well-known sleep
wrecker, and Michael Breus, PhD, ABSM, WebMD's sleep expert, is already hearing
from patients who link their sleep problems to financial stress. That doesn't
just include his patients.
"Some friends have made some recent comments to me that they have never
had sleep problems before and now they are," Breus says in an email.
Breus offers these tips for getting your sleep back on track:
Keep a worry journal. "Take a blank piece of paper and write
your concerns on one side and then one solution on the other," says
Relax before bedtime. Breus suggests a "hot bath, relaxing
music, yoga, sex, exercise, whatever works for you."
If you wake up in the middle of the night, consider counting
backwards from 300 by threes. "I know it sounds a bit weird, but you cannot
think of anything else and it is so boring you should fall back asleep. If you
get to zero, get up and go into another room until you're tired," says
5. You've been snappish lately.
Basic self-care -- sleep, healthy food, and exercise -- should help your
mood. Beyond that, tweaking your routine might help, notes Ruge.
Ruge recommends simple rituals when you get home, like changing out of your
work clothes into casual clothes and taking a few minutes on your own before
interacting with others. He also suggests communicating with your partner
throughout the day, "so there's no blindsiding" with bad news at the
end of the day.
"It's a good relationship that manages stress well," agrees Charles
Raison, MD, clinical director of the Mind-Body Institute at Emory University's
medical school. "Couples that can talk are the ones that are going to make
it," Raison says.
6. You just want to go home and shut the door.
Don't get too isolated.
"If your business life is overwhelmed by interpersonal contact and you
know by experience that an hour or two alone at the end of the day makes you
feel a ton better than whatever your social options are, then you should honor
that and do that and not be compulsively social," Raison says.