Our guest author today discusses an important topic: how debt and money-worries can damage our health. Since we’re in a deep recession there are many of us facing this problem and we need to know what to do about it. Besides suffer, of course, which is a truly miserable alternative.
Over 20 million Americans have some form of mood disorder, and nearly 15 million suffer from major depression. This makes depression one of the leading mental disorders among Americans today. Depression can be characterized by a lack of activity with an overall sense of sadness and fear. The reasons for this disorder are many, but it is often triggered by a negative or many negative occurrences in a person’s life. So, it is no surprise that being in debt is often associated with depression. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes to debt problems; therefore, as the problem lingers so does the depression, but there are ways to fight depression in spite of money issues.
Talk It Out
Dealing with depression on your own is just about impossible, and will leave you feeling worse rather than better. If you are suffering from depression due to overwhelming debt it would be in your best interest to talk about your problems. There are many support groups for depression-related issues, which can help you talk about your emotions related to debt in a safe environment.
Additionally, therapists and family can listen to your problems to help alleviate some of the pain. Be sure that you feel comfortable with whomever you choose to talk with, as it will be easier for you to let out your true emotions.
If you constantly worry about your debt, and do nothing else, then you are more likely to remain depressed. Debt can often hinder youR ability to do the things you once enjoyed, especially if those things cost money. So, you will need to create new ways to keep your mind busy on a budget. You may want to try exercising, writing or drawing. It is possible you will discover a talent you never knew you had. Forcing yourself to stay busy while depressed is not an easy feat, but the effort will keep your mind off your debt and will ultimately make you feel better.
Take Care of Your Physical Health
Even though depression is a mental disorder, it may also be hurting you physically. Many people with depression complain of body aches and headaches, but if you work on keeping your physical health in check you will be less likely to feel this way. As mentioned earlier, try exercising because activity can raise your endorphin levels and promote well-being.
Additionally, eat smart and take vitamins. When your body is getting the fuel it needs to function it is bound to perform better.
Finally, get the right amount of sleep. Depression can often be associated with insomnia or sleeping too much, but by setting a strict sleeping schedule for yourself, you will have a better handle on your sleeping habits.