It’s hard dealing with things like depression and anxiety. In fact, we often feel like we are going crazy and about to lose our minds. Well, guess what: I’m here to tell you that you aren’t crazy. Instead, what you are experiencing is negative feedback from America’s toxic socioeconomic system. Here’s how to break the cycle of letting stress and poverty consume you.
Jobs and Minimum Wage
We all know that today’s economy is not the same one that our parents and grandparents grew up with. In 1970, the United States minimum wage was $1.60. Adjusted for inflation, that equals $11.05 in 2021. However, our national minimum wage remains only $7.25. Created in 1938, The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) set the minimum wage to create a minimum standard of living to help protect employee’s well being and health. As we can see by the current cost of living and minimum wage rates, these wages are not enough to survive on only working forty hours a week.
Fifty years ago, it was normal for McDonald’s and grocery store jobs to be called teen jobs. People often worked these jobs while they were young. Then they would graduate from college or vocational school and move up in their careers. The same is not true today. Since 1970, college tuition rates have increased a whopping 3,009%. College is now a luxury that most people cannot afford and graduate school is even more impossible for many. This means the majority of adults now work these types of jobs that only pay minimum wage and desperately rely on their income to survive while avoiding stress and poverty.
No One Gets It
People with anxiety and depression often see a doctor with many patients suffering from the same issues involving stress and poverty. They usually just tell you that there is something wrong with your brain and throw pills at you. Then they move on to the next patient. It is a typical one-size-fits-all approach. They don’t bother to really ask you what is wrong or help you to get to the root of the problem. The thing is, you aren’t crazy and your brain isn’t broken. You are just disconnected and burnt out from trying to survive the system that is unfairly against you.
I understand the real problems you face and they are not your fault. I care about you. You are not alone in this. I will always listen and validate your thoughts and feelings. You aren’t crazy. It’s not all in your head. I won’t dismiss your problems or sweep them under the rug. Then, I will help you regain confidence and control in your life. I will also help you stand up for everything you deserve. Indeed, I am a spiritual life coach and am ready to help you reconnect with the universe and take control of your life. You deserve to be happy and I want to help you.