Thursday, April 9, 2009
Are You Punishing Yourself for Losing Your Job?
Losing your job is terrible. But what are you doing to make it worse? Negative thinking? Assuming the job market is so hostile that there's no point in keeping your standards up? Spending weeks in your jammies? Cutting back on even the smallest pleasures in life? Less patient than you'd like to be with the kids? Applying for crappy jobs? Eating crappy food? Drinking more than you should be? Taking up smoking again? Letting the dishes stack up in the sink and dust bunnies do their bunny thing under your bed?
Being kind to yourself and your family is not about coddling yourself. It's about taking care of yourself. And, in the meantime, demonstrating to your children that self-respect and realistic optimism can prevail, no matter what emergencies are swirling around you right now.
What are you doing to punish yourself for being out of work right now? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I'll send you a free copy of my first book, Find Your Calling, Love Your Life as a thanks!