The impact of the financial crisis this country is facing is all-encompassing. You probably know someone—a friend, neighbor, family member—who has been directly affected. And it’s more important than ever to focus on our personal well-being and that of your family members, friends and neighbors.
So, how does someone care for their personal well-being and that of their family and friends when the day-to-day worries seem overwhelming? Here are five tips to start:
- Put the crisis you are facing in perspective -- stop, breathe, and tell yourself: “This is hard and I will get through this one step at a time.
- Talk with someone about the situation. Talking it out can help you focus on a solution..
- Take good care of your physical and mental health. Remember to get enough rest and get at least six hours of sleep a night, eight, if at all possible.
- Make healthy choices when eating, and get some form of exercise… good nutrition and exercise fuel the body and the mind.
- Finally, if you feel overwhelmed, get help.
There are also resources available to support you through the crisis. For example, Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), offered by many employers, are a good resource that can help employees and former employees cope with multiple challenges in these difficult times. A simple call to your, or a family members’ local EAP puts you in touch with an experienced clinician who can provide crisis support, identify helpful information and resources, and be a support to you while you take steps to resolve whatever problems you face.
Support is also available if you feel depressed or anxious. To see if you are at risk for depression , anxiety, or substance abuse, take a confidential screening
on Butler’s website. The screening will assess your risk and recommend a follow-up with a clinician if necessary. Our site also includes a Community Guide to Mental Healthcare in Rhode Island, which offers information on a myriad of resources available in state.
Take advantage of these services for you and your family. Your personal well-being is important, especially during these difficult and stressful times.