What do you do when you’re stressed-out about losing your home, car, stocks, bonds, retirement savings, college funds, and everything else in the lyrics of a bad country song (Truck! Sorry forgot the truck)?
I don’t really know, to be completely honest. But here is an attempt to shed some light on some better ways to manage your financial stress and stop stressing so much about money.
1. Ignore Amy.
The amygdala, the almond shaped group of neurons in the limbic system of the brain, is considered by most neurobiologists our fear system, and it acts like an ape or a how a human would have acted, say, back when we still had lots of hair all over. The adrenaline that you are feeling when you see stock exchange plummet is the amydala getting crazy, hosting a party in your head, whatever. I call my amygdala “Amy.” And whenever I panic, I tell her to go take a nap, that I can’t tolerate her noise and ruckus right now.
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