Develop a Support System
You’re not in this alone! Now’s the time to turn to those you trust to lift you up. You may experience some emotional discomfort in the coming days; why not let those who love you offer you the support you need?
Do you know someone who’s been through a job loss that could offer you emotional support? If you’re facing financial uncertainty, can you go to a family member for a loan? What about former colleagues who might be able to help you network? Seek these people out and don’t hesitate to ask for help.
It’s also good to find a job-loss buddy: Team up with someone else who’s unemployed and hold weekly meetings. Talk about your progress, the jobs you’ve applied for, tricks you’ve learned, etc. Commit to stick together until you’ve both landed new jobs.
And don’t forget your family. It’s important to realize that you’re in this together and need to support each other. Keep the lines of communication open. If you feel it would be beneficial, consider visiting a family therapist or other trusted professional. And try to keep in mind that this is only a temporary situation.