Sometimes life is not easy. Ok, most of the time life isn’t easy. I haven’t discussed it much (or at all) here on my blog, but I recently lost the job I have held for the last 17 years. The job I loved and trained for in many years of school. I worked for the Federal Government and due to recent budget cutbacks in the Sciences, my department and my research was terminated. Enter stress, anxiety and depression (maybe the the PCH Treatment would help?).
And life suddenly becomes harder.
Unfortunately, it is not an option for me to stay home with the kids. My family depends on my salary so I am in the process of picking up the pieces and finding something new. Have you looked for a job lately? The job market is beyond horrible. Maybe I have always been naive, but I really believed that if I worked hard in school I would never find myself in the unemployment line. Funny, right?
I have spent the past several weeks cleaning out my office and sifting through memories of the last 17 years. Difficult doesn’t even describe it. Downright depressing pretty much sums it up. Day by day, I feel my mood sink, my muscles tighten and my stress level rise. Each day without a job offer or even so much as an interview sends me into a panic.
I am completely aware of my predicament. I feel myself slipping into a depression and am doing everything I can to stop it. Everything happens for a reason, I repeat. This is my new mantra. I am doing my best to take care of me so I can rise and face the challenge of starting over. A massage, a yoga class, lunch with friends and time with family are helping me realize what is really important.
How do you manage stress?