I have been writing a lot about stress and depression because a lot of families in the US are hurting. Nine out of every 1,000 households in the United States foreclosed this year. The stock market is falling and lots of families lost money they invested for the future. And according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national unemployment rate is at 6.1% and rising.
So what is next? What can we do about our situation? Moping around and getting all depressed about losing your job, money invested or home will not make a difference. As parents we need to show a good example for our children and remain strong even during the tough times.
After all, it could be worse. After the stock market crash of 1929 the unemployment rate in the US shot up to 25%. (source: The Great Depression) According to the Great Depression website, “The high unemployment rates of the 1930s made those who had jobs both thankful that they had jobs and fearful that they could lose them. Those who could not find jobs often took to the roads–thousands of men regularly rode the rails. The numbers in skid rows increased greatly, and other homeless set up homes in shantytowns throughout the nation that became known as ‘Hoovervilles.’ If you just foreclosed on your home at least you are not moving into a cardboard box like most families did in the 1930’s.
I also want to point out that based on the economic cycle we will pull out of this rut. The government will pass more laws that will help create jobs and money will once again be circulating in this great country of ours. All we need to do is remain optimistic. Positive thinking will help you to feel better about yourself and your situation. It will also lower the stress level in your home.
If you are stressed out your children will notice. Children of all ages can sense when things are not right at home. If you are depressed, upset, stressed out this will reflect on their behavior and home live will become even more uncomfortable.
Think positive and your words and actions will also be positive. Everything is going to be alright.
I’m going to leave you with some positive quotes from inspiring women.
It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Ozarks
Life is an exciting business, and most exciting when it is lived for others.
— Helen Keller
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
— Sophia Loren
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