Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Realities of Recovering From the Recession, Part 3: Mental, Emotional & Physical Ramifications

This is Part 3 of a 4-part series. If you haven’t read the first two posts, please do so before continuing with this one, as each new post builds upon the previous ones. You can find Part 1 here,and Part 2 here. ~Kimberly
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If those first two posts were hard to write, this one’s going to turn me into a blubbering mess. Because all of what I just wrote about has led up to this: the way this kind of stress makes you crumble from the inside out.
For those who are ultra sensitive, I want to alert you to some possible triggers in this post. I will be covering topics like anxiety, depression, and feelings of shame in raw, painful detail. So if you are prone to these things yourself or are sensitive to triggers, please proceed with caution. I, for one, am writing this with a fresh roll of TP at my side, because I know I will cry as I write.
I also added “physical” to the title of this post. My original focus was going to be on the mental and emotional ramifications of living with chronic financial stress. Then I realized that was a little dumb. I’m the one who bursts into shingles at the first sign of negative stress (or bad weather, or someone else’s cold, or…); it would be silly for me to ignore the fact that stress can also make you physically ill. So, we’ll start with that.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Realities of Recovering from the Recession, Part 2: Life Costs Double or Triple

This is the second in a 4-part series about financial stress and trying to recover from the recession. The first post is a crucial read so that you can get the background and intention of this series. If you haven’t read it yet, please click here to do so before continuing with this post. (It’s kind of like a Choose Your Own Adventure series… you need to know what happened first before you can move on to the next adventure, lol.)
~ Kimberly
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So, now that you’ve heard about my current mess, you’re probably wondering how the heck this happened so quickly, and why I haven’t been able to get out of this sooner. Like I said in my last post, when you’re financially unwell, life costs a lot more than it would otherwise. Not because prices have actually gone up (though, in a lot of respects, they have), but because of everything that’s attached to living paycheck to paycheck (or less). I’ve seen a couple articles out there that talk about this, and while they cite some of the examples I’m going to talk about, they don’t really go too far in depth. Here are some further examples of the “extras” you have to contend with as you try getting out of your financial hole as part of the working poor.

Realities of Recovering from the Recession, Part 1: Intro and an Inside Look

This is the first in a four-part series that I’ve wanted to write for a long time. As I mention below, I’m writing this painfully honest series in order to give people a better understanding of what it’s like to be part of the working poor (or unemployed), especially as you attempt to survive and try climbing out of the recession with everyone else. It may be hard to swallow for some because they’ll refuse to believe that this does happen – or that those of us who live like this didn’t somehow cause this all by themselves, and that’s okay. I can’t open eyes that are deliberately sewn shut. But hopefully, this will shed some light on the way a lot of Americans live right now, so that we can be a little kinder to each other. A lot of the discord in today’s society is a lack of empathy, understanding, and actual listening to others. Maybe if we took the time to get to know each other’s situations a little better without all those knee-jerk reactions we see everywhere, we could be a little nicer to each other. Less judgmental. Just kind.
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Not gonna lie – my anxiety is through the friggin’ roof these days. And it’s all because of money. As usual.
When things are as tight as they are right now, one of the things I hear most from  friends, acquaintances, or even family members is, “Oh, this is just a bump in the road! You’ll pull out of it soon!”


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