This book is not a book on how to get a job or how to interview or how to write a resume. It is far more important. It is a book that helps the unemployed - and their families - cope more effectively during a difficult time. A self help book for people who often feel helpless - and forgotten.
Although the current economic crisis creates a sense of urgency, we have always had and will always have a large number of people who are unemployed. For many, it is the most difficult time that they have ever faced. Without help, the unemployed face an increased risk of binge drinking, depression, anxiety and suicide. For many, there is a decreased quality of mental health, life satisfaction and objective physical wellbeing. Most feel alone and helpless.
Dr Robert Leahy has worked with many unemployed people over the years, examining the psychological consequences of unemployment and exploring ways to help people cope with the emotional fallout of losing their job. This book gives readers psychological tools to handle their period of unemployment and simple, self-help strategies that can be used immediately to help them feel better and act better. The book draws on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as practices such as mindfulness to help readers boost their self-esteem and confidence, decrease anxiety and feelings of helplessness, and develop resiliance and strength going forward.
Losing a job is like losing a piece of yourself. It can cause real damage to your self-image, your mental health and your physical health. Robert Leahy's Keeping Your Head After Losing Your Job is a practical guide to picking yourself up, restoring your health and well-being, and getting the motivation and confidence to move forward with your life. This invaluable resource also has tips for family members who want to help, but don't know how. Leahy is an international expert in teaching people how to recover from setbacks and live more healthy, productive lives - Dr Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, author of the bestselling Women Who Think Too Much