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5 Ways to Remain Upbeat in a Down Economy

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Make Time For Yourself

It can often be difficult to maintain a stable, upbeat attitude, especially in a down economy. There's nothing wrong with striving for a positive piece of mind, but you also have to know when to relax. Between working (or, for increasing numbers of us, searching for work), maintaining relationships, managing finances and everything else most of us try to juggle in our lives, it can be pretty easy to get stressed-out and overwhelmed.

Sometimes, the best thing you can do for yourself and your state of mind is to just do whatever you want. Turn off your Blackberry and spend some time with your family, or catch up with a friend over coffee. Remember to take time out for yourself. Find a quiet corner and read a book or get up early and take a walk alone. To remain upbeat you have to be happy, and in order to be happy you have to find a balance in your life that includes time for friends, family and, most importantly, you.

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