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Wed., Jan. 7, 2009, 10:37 a.m.

Bouncing back from hard times

Scientists study this stuff -- what makes some people more resilient than others? Why can some people overcome setbacks more quickly and effectively than others?

Kate Luther, writing at the blog Wise Bread, suggests some ways to get back on your feet when you feel like you just can't. Obviously, financial stress can make us feel this way, but it's also a timely post in terms of the weather -- some of us are feeling a little buried under snow-related issues lately, from stuck cars to leaking roofs.

Step One, she says, is: Breathe.

When stress rears its ugly head, we tend to hold our breath, figuratively if not literally. We tense up, we dig in, and our body kicks into survival mode while our mind races in sheer panic. What will we do? How will we survive? When will we see the light at the end of the tunnel? But what you need to do, above all else, is breathe. Just breathe.

Read the rest of the post here. It focuses on keeping your attitude positive and taking action.

There is nothing more supportive than having a plan of action that you believe in. Pool your resources. Get back to basics. Implement a new budget or start sending out resumes. Whatever it is that you need to do, write it down and start putting things into action. When you have a gameplan, then you have a much better idea of what to expect.

How do you -- or have you -- overcome hard times in your own life? How have you gotten yourself going at your worst times?




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Everyday Economy is a blog and weekly page in the newspaper dedicated to the way people are living their financial lives. Shawn Vestal, a longtime Spokesman-Review writer and editor, is overseeing the project.