Thursday, February 8, 2007

Managing the Stress of Unemployment

Let's face it ... being unemployed is one of the most stressful situations you'll ever face. Here's what you need to know: If you do nothing, and pretend you're not stressed, your stress will grow. If this goes on long enough, it may result in physical illness, anger, depression, or a chronic chip on your shoulder that will communicate itself to interviewers.

So what can you do to relieve or combat your stress?

  • Make choices based on your values, not based on fear.

  • Be proactive, not reactive.

  • Demonstrate assertiveness rather than passivity or aggressiveness.

  • Learn to pace yourself.

  • Relabel events and situations to feel less threatened by them.

  • Do something you enjoy daily.

  • Learn to play.

  • Express your creativity.

  • Learn something new.

  • Minimize your negative self-talk. Substitute affirmations for your usual negative thoughts.

  • Accept yourself just as you are. Don't expect perfection!

  • Cultivate positive connections, relationships, and friendships.

  • Eat balanced meals.

  • Minimize your intake of salt, sugar, fat, caffeine, and alcohol.

  • Exercise regularly and safely.

  • Make sure you get enough sleep.

  • Take advantage of your unemployment to update all your health exams.

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