10 Steps to Recession Proof your Mind

29 May

The recession took many Americans by surprise. Before the recession, Americans were accustomed to “Big” living. We were living the American dream plenty of jobs, nice homes, big trucks and luxury vacations. Not to mention daily doses of Starbucks and dining out with friends. Many of us had an abundant mentality. We imagined life would always be this way so when the recession struck folks were taken for a loop. We witnessed or experienced job loss, loss of self-esteem, extremely high stress levels and anxiety over our daily living. In essence we were shocked into our new reality. Life in America had changed. Now that the recession is over many of these symptoms remain. So here are a few tips to recover from what you have experienced in the last five years.

 1. Recognize – Your new feelings of fear, anxiety and stress derive from feeling out of control of your situation. Then write down exactly what you feel and how this experience has changed you. You may notice that not only have you changed your spending habits but you have also increased the amount of negative self-talk and outward conversations that you engage in. 

 2. Be thankful – God has brought you through. Look at all the blessings that have come out of learning to live on less. You may have lost your job but maybe you gained time with your children and family. Be grateful for the people that helped you through this time and the lessons learned that you will carry into your future. Maybe you learned how to explore the city while on a budget, or perhaps you discovered how useful and fun the local library can be.

 3. Release – The pain, anger, fear and anxiety of the past. Acknowledge your feelings with an understanding that they are valid. You just went through a hurricane. You lost stuff that you loved. As this was taking place you were forced to maintain a sense of normalcy while putting the pieces together for yourself and your family. Now release those negative feelings. Give them back to God and the earth. Because you no longer need them. You have overcome.

 4. Rebuild – Now it’s time to build you up again. Meditating daily on positive sayings and scripture will assist you in shifting your thoughts. Repeat to yourself daily” I have more than enough” and “I give to the needy”. It’s important to reprogram your thinking. Catch yourself when you say things like “Well, I’m robbing Peter to pay Paul” or “You take one step forward and you get knocked back two steps.” When you are inclined to recite a negative thought replace it with a new mantra. Eventually, you will notice a shift in your living and thoughts. This step takes time because you are working to replace old thought patterns. Naturally they will want to persist but trust me daily affirmations and mediation works. Make time to apply this step daily. Soon you too will notice a shift in your life. 

 5. Give – Abundant people give to others. You can give of your time, talent or items that you are not currently using. Giving releases you from the stronghold of the “not enough” mentality. Notice around you that givers always have more than enough. Reaping and sowing is a biblical universal law that works. So put it to practice in your life. Now don’t misinterpret my feelings on giving. I believe saving is important; in fact it’s vital for your future. But giving is equally as important because it says to God and the universe I trust you and I know you will give me back more than I can every give you. It frees your mind up to trust a process that can only be sum up with this scripture: Luke 6:38 -Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” give and it will be given back to you. Given pressed down and shaken. 

6. Relax – The biggest lesson that the recession taught us all is that Americans work harder than any other group in the world. We move faster, sleep less and eat more. Basically, we over load our body with stress on a regular basis. Before the recession we did this in an effort to keep up with the Jones. Well, the Jones’ are broke and tired. Now is the perfect time to get accustomed to taking care of our bodies, minds and enjoying life. So once you land that new job or your business takes off again, resist the urge to splurge on things that will not bring you peace or joy. Rather continue to enjoy all the things you had learned to appreciate during the recession such as nature, quality time with family, quiet time and peace. Continue to save your money and keep a “Peace of Mind” fund. Stuff happens but being prepared will reduce your stress levels. 

 7. Spirituality – Stay centered on God and the love he has for you. He loves you despite your flaws and imperfection. Begin to enjoy quiet time with him in the morning and evening. Take time to meditate on his word. For some you may hold some anger against God. You may believe that he doesn’t love you because if he did you would not have gone through this mess in the first place. But know that God gives us freewill. Many of us made a lot of bad choices that lead to you having a greater fall. And even if it was not your fault. God is still in control and he promises that your end will be better than your beginning. So take heart and learn what the word of God says about your life. You will be surprised at the messages he is trying to get to you. 

 8. Vision – Create a new vision for your life. You were hit hard and maybe you are still recovering and not sure what is next. Take some time to write down the vision that God has instilled in you. Your hopes and dreams will come to pass. Get a clear visual of what those dreams are. Build new support groups around you that support your dreams. Decrease your involvement with people that fight the changes that are important for you to accomplish your goals. 

 9. Communicate – Discuss the lessons you have learned with your children. Help them to recognize how you are coping. Explain to them in way that makes sense. Help them to understand that you all still have a bright future. Teach them to value time and not material things. Help them to learn money management and entrepreneur skills. Learning to create their own wealth at a young age will recession proof their minds for the future. 

 10. Balance – You may have a new job or a business venture that has taken off, but are you reliving old patterns? If you find yourself performing tasks because you think the opportunity will not come again. Recognize this is fear and anxiety. Repeat step one, two and three and remember to maintain balance. Exercise, eat healthy and take time to pray and meditate daily, because you can’t be replaced. Do not go back to the overwork zone. This was unhealthy before the recession and it is unhealthy today. Choosing peace and joy is a life style. Everyday  take steps toward finding and keeping balance in your life.

 The recession has caused all of us to take pause and to reassess our lives. We all were affected in some way. Take time to fully recover so that you may live the full life that God promised. Remember the lessons but move forward with courage and conviction for your future because the best is yet to come!

If this message has helped you please pass it on to someone else who can use an encouraging word.

Wishing you Peace and Joy,
Melisa Alaba

Do you like this article and want to reprint or share? You can, as long as you include this in its entirety: Melisa Alaba is a Life Coach and Counselor. Melisa founded Vision Works Counseling and Coaching to empower and inspire you to live your best life. Melisa helps her clients to discover their vision and purpose for life by providing holistic and traditional coaching methods. Melisa specializing in helping her clients; heal from brokenness, find balance in their personal or work life, improve your family life, revive a dream or to let go of past issues.

One Response to “10 Steps to Recession Proof your Mind”

  1. Anonymous June 7, 2012 at 11:17 PM #

    Totally awesome!!!


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