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News You Can Use - October 2015

Information and tips to help you live healthier and happier

Happy lady doing a thumbs upTips To Ease Financial Stress  

According to the latest Stress in America survey commissioned by the American Psychological Association, 64 percent of Americans single out money as the number-one factor that affects their stress level. If you're feeling stressed about money, how can you solve your money problems and get financial stress under control?

How to get financial stress under control:

1. Seek professional help. If financial pressures are getting you down seek professional help. Call your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for information and referrals. Your EAP counselor can help you assess what issue(s) may be contributing to your money problems and refer you to the proper resources to help you overcome the problem(s). These resources may include a financial planner, debt consolidation agency, mental health/substance abuse assistance, or other community services.

2. Don't let credit card debt break your back. Consumers who run up high credit card balances and then regularly pay only the minimum amount due each month are paying very high prices for goods and services. The key to relieving financial stress is to get out of debt. Too much debt eats away at your take-home income and undermines your financial future.

3. Eliminate credit card debt. Borrowing money for an asset that accumulates value (e.g. family home) can be a good thing. All other debt should be eliminated. Examine the interest rates you are paying on your debts and pay off those with the highest interest rates first.

4. Curb your spending. For most people, overspending and having too much debt is the cause of money problems – it is not because they are not making enough money. Learn basic money management skills. Commit to living within your means.

5. Keep money in reserve for the unexpected. Unexpected financial expenses hit all of us from time to time. Make sure you have a reserve to cope with these out-of-the-blue expenses. Having money in reserve will give you peace of mind.

Your EAP is here to help

Remember, your EAP is always available to help you or your immediate family members with any type of personal, family or work-related concern, including financial difficulties. If you need help, why not call an EAP counselor today? We're here to help.

Employee Assistance Program Services

Employee Assistance Program symbolThe Broward County Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Broward County Government employees and their families to assist with most personal problems affecting the quality of life at home or on the job at no charge. Participation in the program is voluntary and completely confidential. Licensed professionals can assist you with:

  • Family problems
  • Work conflicts
  • Stress
  • Grief and loss
  • Financial problems
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Anxiety

Call for a free and confidential appointment or more information at 954-357-5600 or email at Additional information on our services is also available at

Copyright © 2015 Healthy Exchange. This newsletter is not intended to provide medical advice on personal wellness matters, which should be obtained directly from your physician.

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