When you lose your job

Losing g a job is one of life’s most stressful experiences. Unfortunately this is something many people go thru at least once, I have gone through job loss in the past and can attest to it being very difficult. It’s normal to feel angry, hurt, or depressed  or feel anxious about what will happen next for you.   Job loss and unemployment involves a lot of change all at once, which can hurt your sense of purpose and self-esteem. While the stress seems overwhelming, there are many things you can do to take control of the situation and come out of this difficult time stronger and more resilient.

Why is job loss so stressful?

Job loss is stressful because often our jobs  are much more than just the way we make a living. They influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us. They  often give us structure, purpose, and meaning.

In addition to the loss of income, losing a job also comes with other losses, which are very  difficult to face:

  • Loss of your professional identity
  • Loss of self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Loss of your daily routine
  • Loss of purposeful activity
  • Loss of your work-based social network
  • Loss of your sense of security

Losing your job forces you to make quick changes, which can leave you feeling upset, angry or  depressed.   Remember  grieving the loss of your job and adjusting to unemployment can take time. Try to accept your feelings and don’t be hard on  yourself. Think of your job loss as a setback and remember Most successful people have experienced major setbacks in their careers but have turned things around by picking themselves up, learning from the experience, and trying again.  This happened for me and can happen for you.

.It’s important to reach out to others even though your natural reaction at this difficult time may be to withdraw from friends and family out of shame or embarrassment. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to offer solutions; they just have to be a good listener, someone who’ll listen without being distracted or judging you.  It’s also important to keep yourself busy.  If you spend most of your time doing something productive it will help you to feel better.

 

Remember to take good care of yourself and even though it might seem like things won’t get better after a job loss, try not to give up hope.

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