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When You Get Bad News

When we get bad news most of us begin to think about the worst that might happen.  “We might never get another job, or love again.”  We bring up all kinds of scenarios. Therapists call this catastrophizing.  It is normal behavior and is actually good for working through some of what happens in life.  After all we need to have a plan.  If you lost a job you need to pull back on spending, look for a job, and prepare with the thought that is might be a long wait.  Go ahead ponder the worst.  Then ponder the best,  maybe I’ll find a job right away that I like better, has more opportunity, at a higher wage.  Then embrace reality,  it might be a tough few months, but I was looking for a job when I found this one and I will find another.  Now think of coping strategies to get you through and ways to improve the chances of getting a job.

About Geraldine M. Brown MS, LPC, LIMHP (162 Articles)
I hold a Master's Degree in counseling. I am a licensed professional counselor and a licensed independent mental health practitioner. I have over 25 years of experience counseling people from all walks of life.

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