Most of us are coping within our daily lives. The question is how well are we coping? How good are our coping skills? Life shows us that we can cope in many different ways but some of these ways are constructive and others are damaging. Damaging Coping Behavior:
- Hide from reality and the truth of your situation by denial and rationalisation.
- Be drawn into addictive behaviors, such as drinking, drug-taking, gambling, eating.
- Disconnect yourself from friends and family to prevent feeling negative emotions.
- Pretend and cover over your true feelings as you tell people, ‘everything is fine.’
- Wallow and blame others for your situation.
- Directly connect with your problem, be willing to think about it and spend time figuring out your options – not wallowing, but constructive contemplation.
- Take responsibility for the problem, don’t look to others to solve it, don’t wait around and don’t blame others for your situation.
- Be open about your problem with someone – be willing to ask for help and be willing to receive valuable advice and support.
- Revisit various scenarios that you had previously anticipated in relation to possible job loss in this fragile economic climate.