Speaking Point: Our country’s economic situation is bad news all around. The pressure of the economic situation is negatively affecting people’s health, relationships and overall life satisfaction. People react to the constant influx of bad news with strong floods of emotions, feelings of inadequacy and low-self-esteem. What can help people survive these hard economic times psychologically intact, maybe even stronger? The answer is resiliency.
Dr. Sheila Forman is both a clinical psychologist and attorney who comments on the psychological and legal issues affecting our society today. She is the author of several self-help books, including Self-Fullness – The Art of Loving and Caring For Your ‘Self’ and Do You Use Food To Cope? A Comprehensive 15-Week Program for Overcoming Emotional Overeating.
Speaking Point: Dr. Sheila offers tips for developing resiliency during these tough times:
Speaking Point: 1. Resilience is the ability to adapt well when faced with adversity
Speaking Point: 2. Resilience is leaned skill that will help a person not only through today’s economic climate but well serve them well in the future too
Speaking Point: 3. According to a 2008 APA poll, 8 out of 10 Americans cited the economy as a major stressor
Speaking Point: 4. Here are some tips from the APA to develop resiliency: Accept change as a part of life; Don’t isolate- Make connections; Keep things in perspective; Look for opportunities; Count your blessings; Remain optimistic; Talk with a psychologist