Your 9-Point Health Bailout Package
Stressed by the Economy? Don't Let It Wreck Your Health
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.
"But the other side of the coin is that when people are isolated, they
tend to get stuck in their own thought patterns, and sadly, when you get stuck
in your own thought patterns, it makes it much harder to socialize, so you want
to be more isolated, and that makes you more stuck in your own though
patterns... a vicious cycle," says Raison.
"One of the great ways to cope with stress is to have meaningful
positive social connections," says Raison. That doesn't mean that a little
alone-time is a bad thing. It's just a matter of balance.
Also, think about the people you're spending time with -- will they make you
feel better or feed your fear? "Surround yourself with the right people who
can actually be soothing and helpful and can be anchors in a storm for
you," Ruge suggests.