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                                 How to Recession Proof Your Health

By Heidi Walter

OK, we can all agree that this economy has us down, right? Many of us are struggling just to pay the bills while others are out of work completely and looking for jobs. How on earth do you stay out of depression and stay healthy in this kind of climate when you're pinching pennies?

Well, there are a few tricks you can do so your body and overall health don't get as out of whack as your bank account. You do not need to sit around all day being depressed.

Here are some things to do to make sure your attitude remains positive and your body, mind and emotions healthy.  In spite of what's going on 'out there.'

  • Get some exercise! If you belong to a health club, get there and do your workout. Exercise increases the endorphins in your brain and puts you in a better mood so things don't look so bad.
  • If you can't afford a health club right now, go walking. This is one of the easiest and best exercises you can do to stay healthy.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals. Our bodies do not need as much food as we put into them, so: Move More and Eat Less. Your body will thank you.
  • Watch a funny movie. Laughter actually helps the body heal, so a good hearty laugh is essential every day.
  • By the same token, stay away from stressful or depressing movies or TV shows. They will not make you feel better.
  • Meditate for 20 minutes a day. This lowers blood pressure and calms the mind and body wonderfully. Many health clubs, yoga centers and even libraries offer programs for little or no money.
  • Read that self-help book by that new author that you've been meaning to get around to. If you can't buy it, then find it at the library.  It's free!
  • Get a massage. It's wonderful for the body, mind and spirit. If you can't afford it, see whether you can barter with the massage therapist. You just might have a service or product they need.
  • Spend some time with children and watch how carefree they are. Remember when you were like that? You can be again.

Remember, recessions and depressions don't last forever. The Roman Empire no longer exists, does it? So when things feel intense, just breathe deeply and say to yourself: "This too shall pass."

To learn about how I have managed to stay healthy, whether during a recession or not a recession, visit today:

Heidi Walter
Body Health and Wellness As Tied To the Spiritual

Webpage by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D. Candidate                                      

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