Monday, August 31, 2009

How to Cope with Financial Troubles

How to Cope with Financial Troubles
By John H. Sklare, Ed.D,
You may have heard about the recent tragic murder-suicide in the Los Angeles area. A man shot and killed his wife and five children then turned the gun on himself, allegedly because he and his wife lost their jobs. According to police, this is the fifth mass murder or suicide of a Southern California family in a year.
Amid tough economic times, some people see no way out and resort to extreme and lethal actions. My message today is a sincere and heartfelt plea directed at those of you who are grappling with emotional distress caused by job loss or financial woes.

Coping with a recession is challenging for everyone. We are forced to stand by helplessly as our nest egg gets scrambled and our job-security becomes threatened. However, most will deal with these short-term setbacks in stride and find a way to get through temporary difficulties without entertaining drastic and self-destructive thoughts.

But some people choose death over perseverance, and for these people, their problem is short-sightedness. The inability to see beyond the current predicament can make one feel like there is no way out and no hope for the future. But there is always a way out if you take the right actions! Life is more valuable than money and material things. We have learned time and time again that money does not solve all problems and does not guarantee a happy life. No matter how dire your circumstances are, the future is full of potential for those who work toward it. If you do find yourself harboring dangerous thoughts due to economic stress, please reach out to a friend, therapist or someone from your local place of worship today. Take a valuable life lesson from the recent tragedy and push yourself to see beyond the agony and stress of the moment. You are definitely worth the effort!

Wishing You Great Health,
Dr. John H. Sklare

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