Dealing with Stress Over the Shutdown

(CNN) — National parks are closed, federal agencies aren’t open, and what’s worse, thousands of people are not getting paychecks.

With everything else that’s going on in this world, we are a stressed nation. And that’s not good for our health.

“It can cause physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, loss of appetite, sleep concerns,” said clinical psychologist Dr. Gregory Jones.

But there are ways to cope. Experts recommend you stay with a schedule, remain active, get exercise, eat well, and don’t sit around thinking of things that may or may not happen.

“If you allow yourself to do that, that can lead to heightened levels of anxiety, which can also lead to depression and symptoms of clinical depression,” Jones said.

Also, add to your routine. Do something you’ve really wanted to try and haven’t had the time to do.

If your stress is over money, take this break to really look at your finances and put together a family budget. Look at how you can save some money, should this ever happen again.

“Look at your expenses; look at where you can save and cut back, create a daily budget, and really monitor it. This will really help you in the long run, not only during the furlough, but in life,” Jones said.


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  1. ahshucks says:

    Most people 75% are saying they aren’t seeing or feeling any effect of shutdown. The shut down is Obama’s fault and he doesn’t care for average American.

  2. musicman60 says:

    i dont feel sry one bit where was all the out cry when companys leave the area because of govt regulations at least they will get back pay loggers mill worker cannery worker none of them dideny quit crying govt babies

  3. don jones says:

    i am sure the stress will be short lived. we pay the government workers to sit home and do nothing while obama sends out e-mails telling workers to make it miserable for everyone as possible.

    so, workers shouldn’t be too stressed, it is a free vacation at tax payers expense.. again

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