Al Siebert, Ph.D., author of The Survivor Personality, provides guidelines for skillfully handling the emotional challenge of dealing with job loss and searching for new employment. Were you downsized? Read one person's response to a lay-off: A Resilient Spirit Saves a Job -
THRIVEnet [Visit the THRIVEnet Home Page for additional ways to gain strength from adversity.]
"You become more enthusiastic and action-oriented, looking for
effective ways to becoming re-employed. If your actions and enthusiasm
proved unsuccessful in securing a good job, you may become less dynamic,
less confident, more questioning about your capabilities, and let your
job search stall." The Job Coach provides info to help you understand
and deal effectively with the Job Loss Roller Coaster
Abstract from the study of a group of stably employed middle aged
men suggesting a causal effect: that the loss of employment was associated with an increased risk of mortality (even after adjustment for background variables).
[MDX Health Digest] Morris JK; Cook DG; Shaper AG ~~ BMJ 1994 Apr 30;308(6937):1135-9
When faced with unemployment, as with other major losses in life, there are several emotional stages; you must work through these in order to reach resolution and successfully return to the workforce. This article details these stages and provides constructive advice for dealing effectively with the pain and using this as an opportunity for positive growth.
This article, by Suzanna Smith and Joe Pergola, describes stress, provides simple checklists to pinpoint the types, symptoms and typical responses for the individual;
includes links to fact sheets detailing ways to prevent and or cope with stress.
By developing a Master Life Plan we will be better equipped to deal with the stress and ambiguities of life.
This article details how and why; includes my personal favorite: Q.T.I.P. -- Quit taking it personally.