Losing Your Job Can Feel Like the Death of a Loved One

5 steps on how to move forward.

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Losing a job can be a huge blow to our egos, mental health and our bank accounts.

It seems that as quickly as we can have success in our careers it can always take an unexpected turn.

Research has shown that losing a job can have a huge impact on our mental health.

Losing a job not only can increase depression and anxiety but we may go through stages of grief like any other major loss.

It can feel like a complete shock and leave us feeling very confused.

What is our next step?

Take time to process how you feel.

Losing a job can trigger the same feelings of losing a loved one.

One minute we may feel 100% in full acceptance of the reality and then seconds later be angry.

Just recently a client said she wanted her former employer to feel the same pain she felt from losing her job and yet felt encouraged about a potential job opportunity ahead.

Get support.

Don’t go about the job searching or unemployment process alone.

Have someone hold you accountable.

It can be easy to fall into a depression when you are alone and in your head for too long.

Create a Routine.

When I got kicked out of the military and started searching for a job again I felt completely lost.

I found creating a routine helped give me structure and purpose.

Creating a schedule of what you will do with your time off will provide a foundation to work on.

Go back to the drawing board.

Sometimes after job loss we know immediately we want a similar job. And sometimes we aren’t really sure what we want anymore.

Take care of yourself.

Yeah, I know. Easier said than done.

Re-employment obviously will make you feel more secure but in this time off recommit to your own self-care practice.

What does that look like for you?

Let them have a place in your mind but allow yourself to also remember the positive traits about your work ethic.

Discover who you are again outside of work.

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Self-help & mental health writer. Can't do small talk. Mama. Yogi. Coffee lover. Nature explorer. Get my free meditation mini-course here: www.emilystroia.com

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