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Loss of Employment

During the last few years and tough economic times, the reality is that the recession are creating a lot of anxiety and suffering. For many who have lost their jobs it can be a traumatic and devastating experience. It’s hard to imagine, but the loss of a job is similar to other losses in life such as a death, a divorce or breakup. Your daily routine and day to day habits are suddenly gone. You feel disoriented, aimless and lost. 

According to experts a job is more than simply a means to an end or just a paypacket at the end of each week or month, the loss of a job is one of the most devastating losses that a person can experience. So much of our identity, our self-esteem, our self-respect is directly connected to what we do for a living.

Being laid off or being made redundant is difficult, and it’s a huge blow to your self-esteem. Even if people have had notice or are aware that there are lay off pending, when it happens, It is a met with shock and trauma, the natural responses are fear, anger, sadness, and depression. There is feeling of disorientation and loss of direction. There is a tendency to beat ourselves up about it, we often expect ourselves to act as though everything is fine.  Unfortunately, people actually prolong those difficult feelings when they feel ashamed. Then, they try to suppress the emotions. 

For those that have been out of work, there are many common and natural emotions ranging from fear, loss of identity, shame/embarrassment, abandonment, anger and rejection.  Many times these emotions lead to a loss of self esteem and confidence  and are replaced with destructive negative self thought.

It has been suggested that the best way to regain some focus and balance is to take immediate proactive steps. Nothing helps boost self-esteem, energy and motivation more than being proactive.  

If you have been affected by any of the negative self destructive thinking and need to talk to someone. There is support available. 


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