The Recession Can Aversely Affect Health


My first response?


This was all over the news yesterday. The same day the TSX drops over 300 points.

Of course this poll took place over a month ago and the results were released a day after another poll suggests Canadians are optimistic about a recovery by the end of the year.

Confusing, non?

I think the only prudent response would be caution.

I am cautiously optimistic that things will continue to inch towards the light at the end of the tunnel but it will still be a hard slog. Two steps forward, one step back.

Anyone who thinks we are just around the corner from rampant prosperity is deluded and will do themselves more harm than good.

As optimistic as Canadians are, we would be foolish to discount the mood of our neighbours to the south. After all, their lack of consumer confidence was enough to drive down the stock indices around the world. Things will get better but it won’t be as easy as people would like to think- and much depends on the health of the U.S. economy.

I paused on a conservative Canadian station during an interview with an economist who gave kudos to the government for their efforts to mitigate the effect of the recession. Gee, do you think she is a fan of Harper? Is there another Senate seat that needs to be filled?

Oh, was that mean?

People are delaying visits to the dentist, doctor’s appointment, not filling prescriptions, spending less on meals, skipping meals, and gee, shock of all shocks, this is hitting the poor harder than anyone else. I know someone who has skipped meals and this is not someone you would suspect.

This doesn’t even scratch the surface when you consider the toll that stress can have on you. I read an interesting article about how stress can change one’s behavior and the chemistry in one’s brain. There is the tendency to go on autopilot when one is stressed. We do the things that we always do when really, we should be doing something different- to get ourselves out of that rut. The good news, our brain is malleable and can be retrained.

The road to recovery is a bumpy but we will get there. We do what we have to and if there is a little bit of flexibility, try something new, build up that moat, anything to keep us from getting stuck again because the next period of prosperity will be followed by another recession.

You can count on it.


~ by angryegg on August 18, 2009.

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