Coping with Job Loss Breaking the News

Losing your job is never an easy event, but breaking the news to your family can be one of the hardest things you do.

You’re likely to ride a wave of emotions from anger to depression and a variety of others in between. Let’s face it, coping with a job loss is tough, especially if you have children at home who may be at an age where they don’t understand.  

We all handle things in a different ways, but there are universal similiarities to what we experience when dealing with a job loss. Some experts say it’s like grieving the loss of a loved one!

One of the keys to coping is recognizing the emotions you’re feeling. Don’t be surprised by what’s happening – as you deal with this you may experience a range of physical & behavioral symptoms such as:

  • restlessness
  • loss of appetite
  • irritability
  • trouble sleeping
  • etc.

You’re going to feel what you feel – so be prepared for it. Don’t use it to justify any inappropriate behavior, but anticipate the fact that you might not be in the best of moods when in crowds or dealing with people, especially family.

Stay positive, seek the support of others, & most importantly get into a routine. Channel your emotions into the fuel that ignites your job loss into an exciting new career or business. Empower yourself, take control of your career and persue your PASSION!

James Pilcher in his Article “Telling the Family You Lost Your Job” uses some emotionally descriptive words to describe his feelings: Angry, Hurt, Scared, Vulnerablecan you relate to these? I bet you can, I can!

James gets real in his article and provides great tips on how to handle the conversation with your family. I especially liked the point he made about “remembering what’s important” and the quote he uses from Marc Cendella of The Ladders -

“Teach your children that the most important things in life are health, family, and being together.”

Take some time to read James’ article (link opens in a new window) – it will assist you in putting things in perspective when breaking the news to family, while helping you cope with a job loss.

Question: How have you coped with losing your job? What helped you keep your perspective as you went through the emotional roller coaster? Share your tips or questions below -

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