You’ve been furloughed. Twenty million Americans have lost their jobs. You are grieving your own job loss. What to do?
Take time to grieve. Job experts have said job loss rivals the loss of a loved. Take time to allow yourself to register the emotions you are experiencing. Then let go – time to move forward.
Perhaps you are emotionally fragile. Perhaps you are seething with anger. Perhaps you in the deep hole of depression. What to do?
If you are in need of a therapist or a pastor, get one! There’s no shame in finding a person who can help you get in touch with difficult emotions.
While I’m not a therapist, I have worked with countless clients who have experienced these emotions, we have been able to move beyond them and accomplish meaningful goals.
Here is a checklist of action steps you can take which will enable you to move forward.
- Create a home office that provides an emotional sanctuary.
- Identify your values, skills and resources; create a vivid mental image of how you want to present yourself in the job marketplace.
- Resist the urge to blame yourself: your layoff is not personal; businesses are cutting costs to weather the pandemic.
- Consult with friends and work colleagues to gather their opinions on what skills and abilities you can bring to the table.
- Cut yourself some slack: this is not the time to beat yourself up; act with compassion and a commitment to self-care; be a friend to yourself.
- Set achievable tasks each day; avoid taking on too much and over-loading your capacity.
Try out these suggestions and let me know how you’re doing!