Everyday the lead story on the news is the economy and how many people have been "downsized" - a euphemistic way of saying they got laid off.
An APA survey of stress in America concludes that almost half of American workers are fearful they won't be able to continue meeting their family's basic needs. Eight out of 10 surveyed cite the economy as a major source of stress. A Gallup poll reaches similar conclusions; 62 percent of the American workforce described themselves as either "struggling" or "suffering" due to economic fears.
All this is affecting the performance of people in the workplace. The World Health Organization says one in 10 employees suffer from depression and lose an average of 6.2 days out of every 20 work days because of it.
UCLA psychiatrist and best-selling author Dr. Judith Orloff, offers new ways for employees to manage fear, depression, and anxiety brought on by economic fears. Her techniques help workers "flip the switch" from negative emotional states into healthier positive ones so they can be happier and more productive on the job.
Orloff, author of a new book on the topic, Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life, was my guest on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com
Orloff shares five ways employees can transform fear into courage. Her book also explores:
• Signs that you're letting economic fear overcome you
• How the economy is contributing to a national mental health crisis
• How to manage real fear versus fear of the unknown
• How to turn economic fear, depression, and worry to your advantage
Orloff is a board-certified psychiatrist and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA. The book is described as a guide to remaining positive, calm, and brave in tumultuous economic times.
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