Tough times are challenging times, and the ability to cope depends in part on the information you have and the decisions you make. Managing in Tough Times presents information to help you make sound decisions that affect you and your family in the wake of a natural disaster, large-scale public health threats or individual misfortune.
Originally published in 2010, Managing in Tough Times has been revised to better reflect our lives in 2020. This collection of 18 documents is organized in three sections:
Each topic in these sections is designed to provide basic information and practical suggestions – positive action steps, and additional resources or references. These topics were selected and developed with the Louisiana family in mind.
Our expert contributors agree that major upheaval, regardless of the cause, takes a toll on our finances, our health, our wellness and our routines – but these factors can be managed. We hope that you will use this resource information, that you find it helpful, and that you will share it with others who are also trying to manage their tough time.
Wishing you the best –
Elizabeth Gollub, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., Assistant Professor,
School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
and the LSU AgCenter FCS Faculty and Staff
When you do not have enough money to cover your family’s basic living expenses and pay all your creditors, you face some difficult financial decisions.
In tough times it is especially important to find ways to substitute time, skills and effort for spending.
Grocery shopping can be a real challenge, especially if you are on a limited budget. However, food is a flexible budget expense that can be reduced.
Understanding what you are feeling can help you to begin to cope. Grief is a human response and is inescapable. Understanding the stages of grief, giving in to them and going through them, are keys to getting past the disaster and moving forward.
Saving money at the grocery store could be a challenge, but it could also be fun! It feels good to save money and to stretch those grocery dollars.
We are all feeling the crunch on our monthly budget these days. Being thrifty is important when we need to watch our food dollars.
Good nutrition and routine physical activity help keep you healthy and minimize the impact of stress to your body.
Do you ever feel that you are stuck in a rut? Want to get off the all-work treadmill? You could be stressed!
Stress is the body’s reaction to a physical or emotional situation that causes imbalance in a person’s life.
One way to get the nutrition you and your family need without giving up taste, variety and time is to make beans a regular part of your meals.
The factsheet give tips on reducing risk of infection when handling takeout or delivered foods.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 may remain viable for several hours.
When the family faces reduced income, take immediate action to stop all excess spending.
Losing a job can be emotional, stressful and financially devastating. It does not matter if you are male or female, married or single, young or old, experiencing job loss is very difficult for individuals and families. Use these financial survival tips for tough times.
A budget, or spending plan, is a tool to help families gain an understanding of their money during both good times and challenging times.
Children learn their responses to loss and how they will cope from their families. Following a disaster, children's views view of the world as a safe and predictable place is temporarily lost. They may be afraid another crisis is likely to occur and that they or their family will be injured or killed. It helps to remind children they are safe.
When you can’t find your way out of a crisis, turning to family and reconnecting to them can sometimes be the best strategy for managing anxiety.
One of the coping strategies families identify as helpful for returning back to “normalcy” after a crisis or disaster is a return to family traditions. Family traditions and rituals have been shown to help strengthen families – both the individual members and the family as a whole – in good times and in bad.