It’s no secret job loss can have a significant impact on our emotional and physical health. Losing a job is often compared to living with the loss of a loved one: shock, denial, anger, depression, and loss of identify.
At times like this, we need to remember to exercise compassion toward ourselves. This is no time for self-judgement.
This is a time for self-care.
Experts tell us we can mitigate the effects of job loss by watching our diet, getting a good night’s rest, and exercising. If you are new to exercise or it’s been awhile since your have exercised, take it easy at first; set small goals that are achievable. It goes without saying that you should consult with your physician if you have not exercised for more than a year. Consider blending strength with aerobic exercise.
Sit down and do a self-history. Revisit your life and write down a list of your accomplishments. Don’t stint and dismiss these: small victories are as important as big ones! Own these. You have accomplished more than you think in life; you will meet this challenge as well.
It’s important to acknowledge and deal with the anxiety and stress inherent in a job search. Meditation, yoga and Qui-gong have all proved their worth as stress-busting approaches.
I have spent 18 years working with people who have experienced job loss, helping them come through these difficult times. Please contact me should you feel at a loss in dealing with your situation.