reposted from cosmomagazine.com.ph
How To Survive The Economic Crisis
by: Stephanie Dychiu
GIVE AWAY ONE-FIFTH OF YOUR BELONGINGS.
Go through your stuff. Set aside every fifth item that you haven’t used in the last twelve months. Clutter costs money because you have to worry about repairs, storage, and cleaning.
SET ASIDE REGULAR DOWNTIME.
Stress and overscheduling can leave you feeling just as deprived and cheated as the rising costs of food and fuel. Each week, set aside an eight-hour period to just laze around and relax—no chores, no gimiks with friends, no family obligations. Do this regularly and you’ll feel more rested than if you’d gone on an expensive vacation.
KEEP TRACK OF THE GOOD THINGS.
Every week, write down the top five things that make you feel glad to be living your life. Focus on the things you are grateful for, and you’ll feel more hopeful about the future.
PERFORM RANDOM€TS OF KINDNESS.
Passing on hope to others increases the hope you feel. Every other week, do something unexpectedly nice for someone else. Buy a burger for your office guard, give a generous tip to a nice cab driver, or make a cup of coffee for a harrassed officemate.