Can you deny it? Can you deny that financial and living times are as difficult as most people have ever seen? Many are being pushed to the brink of losing control.

Do you know what to do? Where to turn next?

First, let's deal with stress. Pressure is the natural by-product of survival when there is a personal concept that there isn't enough for everyone. You must compete and strive to get what you consider a fair share. Pressure is always there to some degree even when there is abundance.

Once your bills are paid and you have enough, money doesn't seem as important anymore. It just sits around in bank accounts and does little to spark interest in your living existence. It's there, but you rarely think of it until time to pay another bill or purchase something.

When money or income is sparse or limited you think about it "all of the time". It consumes your thoughts as the pressure to survive builds. However, the pressure isn't the culprit here.

It's the stress "you create" that is bothering you. Your mental, physical and emotional reaction to the pressure. This is this self-generated stress that robs you of energy, focus and motivation. It drains you of mental power and confuses and misdirects you.

Here are 10 quick tips to help you overcome some of the stress and deal with the economic issues we all face today.

1. Don't create stress in yourself.
Pressure will always exist, but you don't have to add to it by creating an enormous amount of stress too. Be aware that you can choose to create or avoid almost all of the stress if you truly want to.

2. Don't create stress in others.
The very next thing many people under pressure do is attack those around them. Oh, they may not mean to, but they either vent personal stress anxieties to others or create a stressful environment for others. Don't run your support team away!

3. Improve what you can.
One of the best things you can do is actually improving all of the areas of your living process that you do have control over. Clean or paint the home, lose weight, develop a better schedule or initiate some form of action that will leave you with a better living experience tonight.

4. Simplify and Capitalize
Often the pressure of living comes from a lifestyle that is too complicated and complex. First, you may want to lean-down your lifestyle. Remove the mental and physical clutter and convert or capitalize all of the things "you do not need". Sometimes it can be amazing how much money you have tied up in "stuff" you are not using and don't need. Combine and simplify as much as possible.

5. Reduce the waste.
Awareness is the one thing we all lack. If you are not aware of a need to improve you cannot or will not start the journey toward improvement. Being aware of what you waste is a real cost saver! It is so easy to spend a few dollars here and a few cents there. Perhaps you buy things you hardly use or too much and you throw some away. A penny saved is a penny earned is quite true.

6. Continue to live.
So often I consult with people that have withdrawn into their homes and lives. They "give up" in a way and simply don't want to make the effort to fight against the economic demands. It is vital that you continue to live a full lifestyle. Get out and network with people in both the social and business sense. Seek income so you can foster a lifestyle that is rich with pleasure and comfort.

7. Believe in yourself.
Another major setback for people is accepting fault for the economic downturn of job loss. In essence, they "take it personally". I've seen people have everything collapse around them and yet they accept the blame. Remember the good days? The times when you had plenty and things were great? You put yourself in that place and can do it again if you only try. Trust me, if you do not believe in yourself how can you expect others to ever believe in you?

8. Believe in others.
In many of the people and families I have consulted with there have been one or more people reaching out to help and support that were turned away or ignored. The person in need simply didn't believe anyone else could or wanted to help. Be aware of the people around you. They may be offering help.

9. Teach
Understand that sharing your knowledge with others brings you into synergy with the social community. The more you have to offer the higher your social value becomes. Start a movement and your life will be filled with a strong social network of supportive people.

10. Learn
Observe what is and is not working within the current social and business structure. Perhaps you must change. It may be a career shift or way of thinking that redirects you toward your next stage of quality living. Whatever the reason you must continue to observe and learn from the environment and not only your own, but the results of others as well.

Author's Bio: 

Mr. Gentry has taken to heart the lessons shared with him over the years by his mentors. He continues to enrich himself through sharing his knowledge and insight with others in the attempt to better society by making even the slightest positive change in his fellow man.

Knowledge is worthless if it is not shared and utilized for positive direction and improvement.