Saturday, November 19, 2011

How To Stay Emotionally strong After A Layoff

Everybody knows getting laid off can be traumatic on many levels.  The most obvious is wondering how you're going to put bread on the table.  If you've ever gotten the pink slip, this is sadly familiar.

While finances are often the first concern, there are emotional factors that  can wreak havoc on one's psyche.  Survival mode is not just figuring out how to pay the mortgage but the ability to manage your feelings in the wake of job loss.  No one is going to rescue you so you might as well rescue yourself.  Staying emotionally strong after a layoff is challenging but it can be done.

Here are a few pointers that can lighten your "emotional" load:

  • Be mindful of self care (proper sleep, eat healthy, exercise)
  • Surround yourself with supportive and positive people
  • Be kind to yourself and allow others to be kind to you
  • Network - being out of work can be isolating.  The best way to find a job is through business and personal referrals
  • Utilize your time out of work as an opportunity to make a positive transition - reinvent yourself
  • Remind yourself of your professional accomplishments and value them
  • Find humor whenever possible.  Laughter is the best pain killer

"Any fact facing us is not as important as our attitude toward it, for that determines our success or failure"
~ Norman Vincent Peale

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun



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