We have projects at work, duties at home and payments looming for our car, rent and bloated credit cards. These little worries can whip into a Tasmanian devil of stress. University Hospitals psychiatrist Dr. Joseph Locala explains how to control the more common stressors in our lives.
A stressful pileup of projects can often stem from accepting every assignment that comes your way. So Locala recommends clarifying your job responsibilities. "Clearly define what [your] job is," says Locala. "That's the first step for a lot of people."
The best way to understand your family and their individual problems is to spend more time with them. So eat meals, go for a walk or just relax in the backyard together. "It allows for a time where anybody in the family knows that they can actually talk about problems or issues," he says.
Whether it's job loss, credit card debt or just making ends meet, financial stress is only made worse by ignoring the problem. "Folks don't really want to face it," Locala says. So create a financial plan, no matter how long it takes to find your financial footing.