Yes, apparently eating candy provides some relief from the skull-crushing stress we’re all feeling because of the economy. Well, you might not be feeling skull-crushing stress, but I am and I know a lot of people who are so I’m going to make this broad generalization.
I’m not a candy eater, although I’ve been known to consume dangerous quantities of Raisinets during movies. But eating candy doesn’t chill me out. So I thought about other small things I’m using to help me deal with the stress I feel about the economy, and more specifically, our family’s financial situation:
I’ve reduced the amount of news I listen to, including reading stuff online or listening to NPR in the car. Everything is doom, gloom, end of the world. I just can’t deal.
I’m drinking tons more tea. In a glass mug, with lemon, because somehow I find the sight of it slightly relaxing. The downside is that my teeth are getting stained, but once we climb out of this economic slump (calling it kindly), it will be a good reason to splurge on some whitening stuff.
This is a silly one, but we’ve been inside Whole Foods more than ever before. And it’s counter-intuitive, because it’s more expensive, but thing is, we don’t buy that much stuff. A scone, a funky yogurt on sale, some new dark chocolate to try out. Thanks to the Whole Foods branding gods I do find going in there as a relaxing experience, a treat of some kind, even if I only spend a few bucks.
What are you doing to help you cope with economic stress? Eating more candy? Watching more movies? Hiding under the covers? Share in the comments!