Beat the Recession Blues with SparkPeople!

Tough economic times make everything in life harder--including maintaining your healthy lifestyle.

Instead of dwelling on the negatives like bankruptcies, foreclosures, layoffs and cutbacks, SparkPeople is focusing on helping people maintain their healthy lifestyles and look to the future. We aren't trying to make light of the dour economic situation, but we are striving to be a ray of hope that can help people maintain a positive outlook.

SparkPeople has created two teams that will help you make lemonade from this lemon. Join the Beating the Recession Blues SparkTeam or the Laid Off But Staying Strong SparkTeam today.

Beating the Recession Blues

Money worries, job insecurity, high prices--all of these can make maintaining a healthy lifestyle harder than ever. You can let these worries and difficulties turn you into an emotional eater, sidetrack your exercise plans, and generally sabotage your weight loss or fitness efforts. Or you can use them to fine tune your healthy living skills and take your lifestyle to another level.

It's a lot easier to do this when you have some help and support--and when you know your own efforts can also help other people.

That's what this team is all about: sharing stories, tips, information, and strategies we can all use to solve problems, keep each other motivated, and reach our goals.

Laid Off But Staying Strong

Getting laid off, especially when it's unexpected or on short notice, can send shockwaves through every aspect of your life. The added stress of worrying about your finances and your future can make dealing with all your other responsibilities, goals, and projects (including weight loss and healthy living) quite a bit harder as well.

But this can also be a great opportunity to take stock of where you've been, where you are now, and where you want to go from here. It's an opportunity to establish clear priorities, set short- and long-term goals for yourself, and work out strategies for accomplishing those goals. The more you keep yourself looking ahead towards what you want, the more energy and creativity you'll have for making that happen.

What are your short and long term goals? Have you come up any good strategies for keeping yourself moving towards them? This team can help. 

More resources

Looking for more support? Trying to get out of debt? Check out these additional SparkPeople resources, which are all 100% free:

Financial Fitness Lifestyle Center: Money problems can affect your health and well-being. Learn to save money, make a budget, and live healthier for less. Find articles, quizzes and more.

SparkGuy's Savings Jar Club SparkTeam: For anyone looking for motivation to save money/reduce debt. See the message board in Other Groups Forum by the same name for more info--happy savings!

Debt Haven SparkTeam: Are you struggling with debt along with weight? This is a place to be free of those struggles, to connect with others experiencing similar issues with money and together achieve a debt free life.

Frugalists and Simple Living SparkTeam: Team for anyone interested in living frugally, simply or just wants to lose weight with friends! Come join us!
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Member Comments

There's also a Dave Ramsey spark team that covers the principles Dave teaches. It's truly wonderful what can happen to your life outlook when your finances are really in order. Note I said in order not debt-free, which I'm sure is even MORE wonderful. But just having a handle, knowing where things are going and how you're paying off bills. It really does give you financial peace. I highly recommend Dave and if anyone has any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Report
I grew up with a single mother of 6 kids. We always "just made it" with food and bills. I being the baby saw the pains and suffering and made a promise to myself that I would learn to be better than my mother in the survival game. Well, I kept that promise...I learned many tools and resources that helped me and my husband stay together (teamwork as a couple instead of against), shopped where there were sales, took advantage of layaways when needed, etc. We did really well and now all but one child is still at home (3 children). They never did without, and we always had a little extra. That has paid off with the economy like it is...I have put those resources back to work with our budget and we are blessed to be not struggling. I pray for those who are and wish them a better future soon. Report
I am a grad student and I just started doing my internship which cut down on my working hours..I have to admit I was sad at first but it hasn't been as bad..I am watching what I am spending and eating the soup that I couldn't make myself eat before!!! Report
I have been blessed in these difficult times to recently be hired at a great company with great pay and benefits, but my husbands work has been very slow. This is a great article; especially with the financial links I wasn't aware of!! Thanks again, SP! Report
I've always been frugal. It is how I've afforded five children. I can't count the number of times I had other women say to me "Well, we just couldn't afford for me not to work full time, or have more than two children, so I don't know how you do it." Report
Our family is trying to curb spendaholic ways by using the phrase "Frivolous Spending" to determine what we're going to buy. My husband's job is always precarious and we are keeping a tighter control on what we spend. Ask if what you're buying is 'frivolous' or unnecessary sure does stop a person in their tracks. Report


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