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Priorities, Laid-off, Exercise

Wednesday, January 02, 2002


ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE:

  • Reevaluating priorities during the economic downturn
  • When you’ve been laid-off
  • No time for exercise – how about five minutes?

REEVALUATING PRIORITIES DURING THE ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

“This isn’t paradise,” are the words I heard spoken by a nationally recognized cleric just after the September 11th bombings. These words have stuck with me for weeks as I have reassessed my life and purpose and helped others do the same. This reassessment has taken several forms for people as we realize how fragile our lives and our dreams are. Some of us are rededicating ourselves to our relationships or starting new ones because we realize that we can’t have too many friends. Some are seeking out a stronger spiritual commitment. Others are picking up long lost career and volunteer goals. Whatever is missing in your life, no doubt you feel a strong pull to correct the lack.

WHEN YOU’VE BEEN LAID-OFF

With the national economy and world economy stretched to the breaking point, some people are facing layoffs in record numbers. This is yet another way that individuals and families are being forced to reevaluate their priorities. If you are a recently laid off employee, it may not feel like a layoff is your choice, but it certainly is an opportunity to reevaluate your life direction.

Use this time to ask yourself some important questions about where you want to go next in your life. Here are some sample questions to get you going:

  1. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Could you still pursue this goal realistically?
  2. What aspect of your childhood dream could you pursue? If it’s not realistic financially or geographically could you still pursue some of it on a volunteer basis to give you a sense of following your destiny?
  3. What have people always told you, you were good at? How could this be fashioned into a new career?
  4. If you really loved the job you lost, where else could you work that has a similar position? Don’t be too quick to move geographically. There may actually be another employer who is hiring locally

Get down to the serious work of re-evaluating your priorities and finding the job that best uses your talents. For more on this topic check out a recent article I was asked to write on the subject.

NO TIME FOR EXERCISE – HOW ABOUT 5 MINUTES?

Research shows that you'll reap the same physical benefits whether you schedule several short fitness breaks throughout your day or work out for 30 minutes all at once. Even a series of 5-minute cardiovascular workouts can burn calories, decrease body fat, and lower blood pressure just as well as a daily 30-minute session.

Don’t forget about the psychological benefits of exercise. Some of you might think it's not worth the effort to exercise if you can't make enough time, say 30 minutes (whether in 5 minute increments or all at once). I have found that by getting clients to walk a few minutes a day they start feeling better, begin increasing their exercise and start losing weight. People who complain that they cannot exercise because they hate it or that they don't have enough time, have 5 minutes to walk. Then the five minutes increases to 10, 15 and eventually they've built a healthy habit. This is how we change anything we want to change. Make one small almost unnoticeable change and eventually you step-by-step change the habit.

Thank you for subscribing to my newsletter. For more information about my work as a marriage and family therapist and family/business consultant please visit my website www.kmarshack.com. You’ll find self-help tips, a library of family business articles, information on on-line consultation and much more. To contact my office call (360) 256-0448 or (503) 222-6678 or email info@kmarshack.com.