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I put a question mark after that title because unfortunately, I don’t have the answer. I went to my doctor last week and he said he has never in his life seen this amount of stress in all his patients. It’s true, the collective stress level of our country right now (perhaps much of the world too) is at an incredibly high level. You can’t watch a television news show without there being some mention of the bad economy and massive job losses.

No matter what you do for a living, no matter how much money you have, and no matter how good your health is you are in some way being affected by this economic situation. Even if you are not personally suffering, it has to affect you to see the worry in others.

At this time so many people are going in to work everyday not knowing whether it will be their last. When supervisors and bosses continually have closed door meetings, you know that can’t be good. The work stress caused by worrying about your job, your house, your bills, and pretty much everything else has to be taking it’s toll on a lot of people.

Those of us that can put blinders on in times like these are lucky. Some people let everything around them influence them and yet others have the ability to block things out. There is no definitive proof that stress is bad for your health but anyone who has ever suffered from it knows that it has to be bad for the body.

Additionally, all the indicators say that things are going to continue to get worse before they get better. You can get a wide variety of opinions on this subject all the way from those who think we are almost at the bottom of this crisis to those that think the end of the world is right around the corner. I doubt the world is ending but it sure seems like there is going to be more rocky times ahead.

I don’t get many return readers here anymore as all the traffic to this blog comes from the search engines. But if you do find this post, what are you doing to deal with this high stress level? How are you coping with the carnage we see all around us?

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    I’ll tell you what I’m going to do….I’m going to nuke my day job! (duh!).

    Seriously that is the plan as I am now at over $300 a month in online profits, and it is almost entirely passive as this is all from search engine traffic. I think I can scale this up to equal and exceed my day job income within another 2 years or so. I have some student loan debt but that should be nuked within 12 to 18 months thanks to my additional online earnings.

    This bad economy has been great for me so far for 2 reasons, number one is I have kept my day job (very grateful for that) and number two is my online earnings have pretty much tripled over the last 9 months or so. Plus I have been practicing frugality in the extreme so I have a lot of extra money right now.

    Anyways I love your site and I love your idea about nuking your day job and I’m going to do the same. Cheers!

    Patrick on February 24th, 2009
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    I think if you are feeling stressed it means that you care and are moved by the problems and people around you…that’s a good thing! But, as you mentioned, the stress is not good physically for your body. I would suggest yoga or pilates. This won’t prevent you from stressing, but it acts as a “reset” button and keeps you from becoming overloaded!

    Meaghan on February 26th, 2009
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    Thanks for the post. Certainly, stress is taking a toll on us all. To help cope, i have taken time management classes, yoga, and a stress class recommended to me by my doctor. At the end of the day, I have to tell myself that there are some thing I can control and others I cannot. Having been through a few recessions, I now get to a point where I know that certain things will happen, and i will react to what lies ahead. But these things will occur whether or not I stress about them or not.

    Rich on March 3rd, 2009
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    Thanks for the useful information. We usually feel stress in our office. By the work load or being pressured by senior employees.

    Vertu Replica on March 7th, 2009
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    Good point about the increased work load. Since many companies and offices are laying off people, that often increases the work load for everyone else which in turn adds more to the stress.

    DayJobNuker on March 7th, 2009
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    Managing stress is all about taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems. Since job and workplace stress grow in times of economic crisis, it’s important to learn new and better ways of coping with the pressure.

    Faryal Humayun on April 15th, 2009
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    I’d say the best way to handle workplace job stress is to just quit! Haha, jokes aside, there is some good information in this post. Personally, I work from home, but this is a great resource for those who actually go to work.

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    As others have suggested, exercise (of any sort really) is the best answer to stress. I am a big fan of yoga, but just walking around the neighborhood will help. Before I quit my day job I was a very frequent user of the gym at work. My goal is to exercise at least 4 times a week. I also find it helps to do one social event a week (I’m single so no partner to talk to) and hang out with people in a fun setting.

    KathyAlice on October 14th, 2010