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Stress Tips for Furloughed Workers

The government shutdown affects many of us and already people are feeling the stress. Is there a way to deal with the pressures?
Thousands of people remain off the job, as the government shutdown goes into its second week.
That means not only are many federal agencies and tourist attractions across the country closed but many people aren't getting paid.
The shutdown affects many of us and already people are feeling the stress.
Is there a way to deal with the pressures?

National parks closed... federal agencies not 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,"  says 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," Dr. Jones says.
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."

(Susan Hendricks for CNN's Health Minute)

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