"It’s no great stretch to suggest that the past six months have been traumatic for millions of Americans. A trauma is a painful emotional experience of shock, usually resulting from an extremely stressful or life-threatening situation. Sound familiar?"
Sounds kind of how you feel after experiencing a layoff, doesn't it? Schwartz warns that it can be very tempting to go into "survival mode" after experiencing a stressful situation, but that this would be counter-productive to our long-term health and happiness:
"Symptoms of survival mode include an inability to think clearly or creatively, difficulty concentrating, trouble sleeping, irritability and anger – all of which make a bad situation worse. Over time, those symptoms can turn into exhaustion, numbness, depression and hopelessness, which take an even deeper toll."
He offers some 3 keys for dealing with trauma productively:
- Hold on to the conviction that you have the power to shape your own experience.
- Take very intentional care of yourself.
- Immerse yourself in challenging work.
Read more about each of these three keys here.