Worry About the Health of the Economy..and about the Economy on Your Health

Now that the world’s economy is in recession, it is logical to assume that this will lead to ill-health, or isn’t it?

True, the rate of stress-related illnesses and suicides tend to go on the rise. In Japan recently, the government noted that the rate of suicides increase whenever there is economic depression -about 90 people do it daily, one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world. In the US, a poll by the American Psychological Association (APA) showed that 3 out of 4 Americans are under extreme stress with money woes. The loss of one’s home, shattered dreams, feelings of hopelessness, anxiety and anger can lead to depression and unhealthy lifestyles.

The effects  of recession go beyond individuals to companies – distressed banks like Lehman’s and Bear Sterns also give rise to distressed employees, who, apart from being given unpleasant tasks to execute foreclosures, now find that they are themselves foreclosed!  Why, even healthcare institutions are worried sick because, with recession, potential patients will tend to postpone non-urgent operations; healthcare subsidies are likely to be cut; and hospitals are likely to find increased account receivables.

How does this stress affect health? In many ways:-  fatigue, headache, irritable stomachs, knotted muscles, poor appetite and sleep, teeth-grinding and low sex-drive. There is a tendency to take it out on food, smoke and drink too much, as well as being a full-time couch potato.

But within this picture of murky gloom, there is some light. A study “Are Recessions Good For Health?” showed that, contrary to expectations, recession did cause improved health and lesser deaths! These are the people who, having found more free time after having lost their jobs, undertook productive activities to manage stress. APA mentioned such stress-releasing activities as listening to music; reading ; exercising or walking ; spending time with family and friends and praying .

And if you get stressed reading this post, may  I suggest listening to some relaxing Baroque music!  🙂

4 responses

  1. Interesting thoughts on the relation between money and health!!

    Doctor2008 says: Thanks buddy. Like the song goes:
    The best things in life are free
    But you can give it to the birds and the bees
    Just give me money..that’s what I want!

    Thanks for dropping by..

  2. A timely article!
    Re your comment above, do you remember the details of the song?

    says: I believe its “Money..Thats What I Want” by the Kingsmen, and later The Beatles 🙂

  3. Most times we forget what Ralph Waldo Emerson said “The first wealth is health”. And it takes something major to remind us of these wise words.

  4. Perfect Baroque music to soothe ones jangled nerves after a hard days work

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