The holidays are a time of joy and happiness. They remind us of all the good things in life, like pumpkin pie and spiced wine, and spending time with our loved ones. They’re a time of travel and gift giving, of holiday lights and snow. They’re a time of making positive memories.
But, the other thing that often comes up during the holidays is related to struggles. We sometimes forget about the tough things those around us are going through. It may be a friend who’s spending their first holiday without a parent. It may be a neighbor who’s going through a difficult divorce. Or someone who’s having a hard time paying for their medical treatment. Or, maybe you’re the one struggling.
Whatever obstacles you’re facing, it’s important to acknowledge them and to consider the impact they may be having on your career. If you’re going through a tough time, and you have a goal of finding a new job, it may be time to ask for help.
Reach out to those around you, such as friends and loved ones. If you need help to stay on track with your search, consider reaching out to a coach. If you’re looking for more assistance on the emotional pieces, consider reaching out to a therapist.
Whatever you do, try not to allow the difficulties you’re facing today completely derail your plans for the future. Remember that what you’re going through is temporary, and things will eventually get better with time.
If you’re not sure where you’ll be spending the holidays in the next few weeks, begin to reach out to friends now to make a plan. You’d be surprised just how many people will open their homes and hearts to you.
And, if you notice someone in your life is struggling, make time for them. The holidays are a busy time, but it’s important.
I don’t typically write about the topic of personal struggles. But, I was inspired to do so as I think just how much our personal struggles play out in our professional lives.
When things are going wrong at home, it can often cascade into issues at work. And, issues at work can make things worse at home.
Try not to ignore issues, but instead, address them. As you clear away the personal struggles, you’ll find more time to work on your professional goals.
And, the thing that’s often surprising when we’re the one struggling is this — those around us are struggling too. Many people just don’t talk about it. So, if you’re having a tough time, often the person next to you may be able to help out much more than you’d think.
The holidays are a tough time for many people. Just remember that you’re not alone, and reach out to those around you for help. Last, but not least, keep your eyes on the future and keep working toward your dream.
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Angela Copeland is Founder and Coach for Copeland Coaching, a great way to jump start your job search. Follow her on Twitter @CopelandCoach for tips on finding the perfect job for you.