It’s hard to not worry. Every day we get out of bed with a few bit of news that points to the truth that our retirement investments have lost ½ their worth, that we will be lucky whenever we have the ability to keep our responsibility another 6 months, and this our house has dropped 30% in value. Fear and cynicism are pervasive.
It’s not a coincidence that holiday decorations and celebrations began a little earlier this past holiday period and therefore while the economy is suffering movie ticket sales are strong. Whether or not you go along with the politics of Barack Obama, his message of change and hope is actually a message that men and women are desperate to know, to imagine which our country can and will move beyond, and are led with a leader who believes in doing what is possible, not simply exactly what is.
A few will question the value of what does optimistic mean and faith and give that both of these are located in naiveté. Rather, faith and optimism are to a persons spirit what water and sunshine will be to your garden. They are both essential to our daily vitality, resilience, and health. We all know today through numerous medical studies, that fear, worry, stress all impact our health negatively. All have a toll on our heart, our central nervous system and our capacity for memory and critical thought. Basically, the way we decide to view the world impacts our longevity – the number of days we certainly have left and the grade of those times – so…is your glass ½ full or ½ empty?
Finally, for anyone of us who are parents of youngsters, yet another thought or two…
• What economic information have our kids been in contact with and have we determined or considered just how much information and facts are appropriate disclosure?
• What questions do our children have and they are we ready to accept their questions or do we close down because just thinking about the unknown causes anxiety in ourselves?
• What exactly are we modeling for our own children concerning how to live in instability along with the unknown, on how to maintain healthy stress management?
• What could we learn from our kids if we feel our resilience suffering?
As parents, we have now the added responsibilities of ensuring that the small people in our everyday lives are certainly not overexposed for the financial state on the planet (they have some awareness as necessary and appropriate), we are open to their concerns and fears, that we give you the comfort and safety every child needs, and that we remember these are always watching us – whatever we do, what we say, the way we express, the way you self-manage.
So, how do we act while remaining hopeful and optimistic inside the face of unprecedented times?
1. Control what is at our control: budget more conservatively, track spending, save more, manage investments more closely – identify what actions your loved ones needs and drive them.
2. Know what our tolerance is for the hourly, daily, weekly inundation of crisis detail, within both the print and television news.
3. Identify our most helpful resource and acquire help (financial, coaching, counseling, legal)
4. Find strategies to diffuse stress and tension whether it be a fitness regime, regular social contact with family and friends, reading, meditation, etc. How would you best recharge?
5. Have confidence in value of hope, optimism, possibility, and surround yourself with others who also believe.
So, does your story include hope, optimism, faith as well as a glass ½ full, or…you decide.