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How To Beat Recession Depression

Watch more Mental Health videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Beat recession depression with these cheery statistics and reminders. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Take heart that the recession will soon be over, if history is any indicator. The average length of the 10 recessions since World War II is only 10.4 months. Step 2: Count your blessings. One study found people who keep a gratitude journal -- a diary of what they're thankful for -- are happier than those who don't. Tip Keep your situation in perspective. Look around and you'll probably find someone worse off than you. Step 3: Become a volunteer. The fastest way to feel better about your situation is to help someone else. That's not just a platitude: It's been proven in studies. Plus, if you're out of work, volunteerism can lead to a paying job. Step 4: If you're beating yourself up over losing money in the stock market or buying a home you couldn't afford, take comfort in knowing that you're not alone. Step 5: If you've been lucky enough to hang on to your home, but are depressed over how much its value has decreased, learn some do-it-yourself home improvements that will increase its worth. Tip The remodeling projects that add the most value to a home include a kitchen upgrade, new siding, bathroom remodeling, and adding a bathroom. Step 6: Find low cost ways to replace the treats you've had to give up. You don't have to be less social just because you have less money. Step 7: If your depression stems from financial problems, make a commitment to get out of debt and then start a savings plan, even if it's just $10 taken out of your weekly paycheck. You'll feel better day-to-day with the security of a nest egg. Step 8: If you're seriously depressed -- you're having trouble eating, sleeping, or concentrating -- ask a health-care provider about mental-health counseling. Did You Know? Since World War II, the longest recessions have lasted 16 months, from late 1973 to early 1975, and from mid 1981 to late 1982.
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