Job loss can come with a wave of unexpected emotions. You take the initial blow in your stride, not expecting the feelings of anger and grief that are likely to follow. You may feel like you are in a state of mourning; not over a traditional relationship, but over the loss of your job.
These feelings are completely valid – for most of us it is not just a loss of income but a loss of our identity. The simple act of losing your routine can create a void and now more ever its important to protect yourself and your mental health.
ALLOW YOURSELF TIME TO GRIEVE – BUT NOT TOO LONG
The loss of your job, especially involuntarily, is a big loss that needs to be processed internally. Its normal to take your time and go through a grieving process, but be aware that the longer you wait to begin a plan, the more difficult it may be to get back into the workplace.
ESTABLISH A ROUTINE
The loss of a routine can lead to you feeling like you have lost your sense of purpose. Its important to keep both your mind and body active, establishing a routine for your current situation. This could include making your usual morning beverage, continuing with your usual lunch breaks and perhaps scheduling your job-hunting activities during normal working hours and going out for your once-a-day exercise.
BROADEN YOUR HORIZONS
This may not be the time to be selective in your job search – open yourself up to the possibly of changing career paths. If finances allow, you could use this time to pursue personal development, learn a new skill or language or do some voluntary work. There are so many on-line learning opportunities out there – see what suits you.
Accept that in the current crisis, there are likely to be very limited new job opportunities available. Don’t be dishearted by this (we’re all in it together). Instead use this time to get your CV up to scratch – see our CV Advice
DO SOME PLANNING
Use this time to do some career planning. When things get back to normal what direction do you want your career to take? Try the Copeland Career Checklist that you can use to see if you are meeting your career goals.
ASK FOR HELP
Your feelings and concerns are valid, you don’t need to be alone with your thoughts. Positive reinforcement and encouragement from family and friends can help shape a positive mindset. Get talking – if there is one positive thing coming out of this crisis it would seem to be everyone’s desire to support each other in any way they can.
GOOD LUCK, STAY WELL, STAY STRONG.
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