This worry is starting to seep into our everyday routines. One big thing that can be negatively affected are our relationships. Romance seems to suffer when the finances aren't in a favorable place. This is something I discovered recently when I met a nice guy who told me he wasn't in a place to date right now. Apparently women who live in Atlanta like to be taken out for dinner and he can't afford that right now. So we have parted ways, but I digress.
Although we may be accustomed to romantic relationships suffering when times get tough financially but we may not consider other relationships suffering as well. It is entirely possible that our friendships could suffer when times get tough. If you are going through financial straits but you feel like your friends are hanging in there, you may become jealous of them and the financial security that you perceive them having. Or you may feel like you have to pretend like you can maintain the lifestyle you had before your financial situation changed. This can cause resentment towards your friends as well.
If you are going through difficult financial times, try not to take it out on the people close to you. While you don't have to sit down with your friends and lay out your financial difficulties, be honest. Be conservative with your spending and focus on improving your financial situation. Let your friends know that you have to be conservative. They will understand if you have to cut back on your social spending.
In these shaky economic times, you have a lot of things to deal with on your own. Don't let your relationships suffer. Your relationships can be an important stabilizing factor in your life. Keep them strong and healthy. It will definitely help.
This was a great article. I swear the majority of people I have spoken too within the last month relationships have ended. The main reason I am hearing is stress and fighting b/c of money issues. People we are all going thru it seriously. The economy is fucked up in a major way. Don't let the recession end your relationship. Just think back to how your relationship was before the recession started this year and money was not an issue. If you were extremely happy at that time...hold on to that. That shows that you had a solid foundation. Try to communicate to your mate and help each other get thru the stress and strain of a recession. Don't add to the number of people who are no longer due to break ups. It is going around like a epidemic..