Self Confidence After Job Loss
"COURAGE DOESN'T ALWAYS ROAR. SOMETIMES COURAGE IS THAT LITTLE VOICE AT THE END OF THE DAY THAT SAYS: I'LL TRY AGAIN TOMORROW" - Anne Hunninghake
When losing a job causes a bruised ego - it's important to get your self confidence back. Easier said than done? Maybe. Just like the other steps to surviving job loss, it takes a little time. But you can certainly speed up the process:
Remind yourself of all your accomplishments. Write them down and keep your list handy. In fact, at this point you should start a notebook devoted to your career change. Your list of "feel good" things about yourself can be the first page. It's easy to beat ourselves up over all the negatives at this point. Why me, why was I let go? What did I do wrong? etc, etc. Don't spend too much time analyzing it - there are some things that will never make sense! I've been there, done that myself. So try very hard to remember what you did RIGHT.
Get support and reinforcements to boost your self confidence. Talk to family and friends that are on your side. But avoid negative people - you know who they are!
Seek out people who have been through the same thing. With the current unemployment rates you should be able to find plenty of company! Consider joining a support group either online or offline. Check out the blogs for related subjects. A word of caution though - Avoid discussion of people who just want to vent and express negative emotions. That might help you at first to know others are feeling the same way. But your ultimate goal is to regain self confidence and move on to a new career.
Do something to improve your appearance and feel good about your physical self. Women know how getting our hair done makes us feel great! I know this goes against my advice for money management, so moderation is the key. Don't go overboard with a total makeover or whole new wardrobe.
Get some exercise - it's great for mind, body and spirit. If you're not in the best shape start out with walking. Make yourself do it!
Get professional counseling if you can't seem to regain your self confidence and are struggling with depression. Some mild depression is normal, but you know yourself better than anyone else. Do you just need more time or is it getting worse? Don't hesitate to get help if you need it. You will just delay your progress and we don't want that!
YOU ARE A WINNER!
And anything is possible. Keep moving towards your ultimate goal which is to create a new, rewarding, prosperous life!
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