The New Year can be a particularly depressing time. Christmas is over, credit card bills are dropping through the door, it’s cold, and there’s not much to look forward to. It can be magnified many times over if you are unemployed and struggling to cope both financially and emotionally.
Dr Robert Leahy’s new book, Keeping Your Head after Losing Your Job, is a lifeline to everyone facing the New Year without a job. The book focuses on the emotional fallout of losing your job and shares strategies for coping during this most difficult of times. The highly practical nature of the book is what most drew me to it – there are plenty of simple ideas that you can put into practice immediately. But it’s not just about getting by and getting the next job, it’s about handling your period of unemployment well and moving forward in a positive frame of mind.
The books draws on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and practices such as mindfulness to help readers boost their self esteem, decrease anxiety and feelings of helplessness, and develop resilience and strength. Readers will discover inner strengths and solid tools that will enable them to cope with life, whatever it throws at them.
In my view, this is self help at its best and we’ve had plenty of wonderful endorsements from leading experts who feel the same, including Professor Lord Layard, Professor Paul Gilbert, Mark Williams (author of the bestselling Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world), Professor Christopher Fairburn and Dr Aaron Beck. Join us over the next few weeks to hear more from author Dr Robert L Leahy and to discover some top tips for surviving and thriving through unemployment and beyond.
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