How to cope with the feeling of losing your job

How to cope with the feeling of losing your job

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Of the many adversities this pandemic has brought, unemployment is one of the biggest ones. Many businesses have shut down, companies are laying off the manpower and thousands of people have lost their jobs. Many lucky ones who managed to sustain are still living under the stress and uncertainty. What’s done can not be undone, life cannot stop and one has to move on. In this post, I have shared a few pointers on how to cope with the feeling of losing your job.

How to cope with the feeling of losing your job
Talk to the positive people:

Positivity has magic. You feel good. So, talk to the people who understand you and make you feel good about yourself. We are surrounded by many people but you know whom you can discuss and open your heart with. Go ahead and share your thoughts with someone who is a good listener and would not be judgmental while listening to you. Don’t expect to get a solution from them. Sometimes, just reaching out to someone and venting out is the best catharsis.

Take it as an opportunity: 

I know being philosophical and being realistic are two different aspects, but sometimes life throws many questions for which you don’t have an answer at that moment. Take such a situation as an opportunity to introspect. Explore the new opportunities, try different things, look at your creative side, rethink your career priorities, come out of your comfort zone and you never know you may do wonders in something you had never thought of trying before. It could be anything of your interest.

It’s OK to cry:

Yes, and I mean it. Many people may not agree with me here but I felt crying out helps in moving on further. Scientifically also, it is proven that tears release a hormone which makes us feel better. Crying does not make you weak, in fact, it’s a sign of emotional strength. A loss is a loss, and when it’s sudden, its inconsolable at times and if crying makes you feel better, do it and move on.

Don’t be a bad mouth about your Company:

I have seen many people cribbing about their past organizations but I personally don’t vouch for it. No company is perfect, no matter how big shot brand name it is. It has given you employment, you have earned bread and fed your family. No, none of you has done a favor on each other but speaking ill about it, won’t do any good except spreading negativity.

Think about a situation if tomorrow you had found a better job, you would have also quit your current job, right? So, don’t make a big deal out of it and move on with a happy note.

Network and socialize:

Having a social circle is always good, you meet new people and learn from them. So, while you are not in a job, try to socialize and make a network of like-minded and similar experienced folks. Join some job clubs, keep your profile updated on all the job portals, keep an eye on the upcoming recruitment drives in your city. Meeting people facing a similar challenge in life motivates you and you don’t feel alone in the club. In the meantime while you hunt for another job, you can consider work from home options to earn livelihood.

Stay positive and believe in “Something better is in store for you”:

Staying positive attracts positivity in life, so be a fighter and don’t feel bogged down. It may sound impractical to you at first because job loss comes with not just loss of money but also self-confidence and self-esteem. You feel irritated but in order to cope up, an optimistic approach can help you regain yourself. Write all your positives, strengths and accomplishments. Utilize your time and learn new skills, keep yourself updated with the latest trends in the industry, improve your CV, write an impressive but realistic cover letter. Keep trying and things will fall in the right place at the right time. With a positive outlook and a calm mind, you will be able to explore around in a better way and face the interviews also with confidence.

Stop blaming yourself and go easy:

So, you have lost your job and fall into a job seeker’s category. Now what? You have two ways to go: Either blame and criticize yourself for the loss, doubt your capabilities, keep muttering, “I am a loser”, “I am good for nothing”, “It was my mistake”, “I could have done this or that” etc. Or the second option is to accept the reality and look for the next other career options. The latter will definitely help you so go easy and trust your abilities, hang in there, this phase shall pass and things will get better.


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Prerna Wahi
September 15, 2018 9:19 am

I loved this piece Vartika. It is well researched and makes so much sense. Very useful and motivating for anyone going through that phrase!

Alpana Deo
September 15, 2018 2:33 pm

Loosing your job is definitely not a very good feeling but it is not the end. Sometimes that could be a beginning of a new career.
Blaming ourselves or criticizing the company is it going to make any changes. It id better if one can utilize the time wisely.
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Modern Gypsy
September 16, 2018 11:35 am

Losing a job isn’t easy. It does take some time to overcome the shock, so I agree with you when you say that we should take the time to cry it out. But adopting a positive mindset and exploring a variety of options can be helpful.

Mahati ramya adivishnu
September 17, 2018 2:54 am

True Prerna. Sometimes life’s toughest challenges teache great lessons. Time to be positive and supportive for your friend.

Surbhi Prapanna
September 17, 2018 10:01 pm

Ohh I agree this is really a tough situation to handle. and sometimes it could lead to depression and other mental problems. you had shared really great tips dear. I agree positive people and conversation will help a lot in this situation.

September 18, 2018 7:44 am

A much needed post on how losing a job is not the end of the world. You have included lots of relevant pointers to cope with the lose gracefully. Well written Vartika.

September 18, 2018 9:09 am

These are such positive tips: losing a job can be very traumatic, and these will definitely help. Sharing.

September 19, 2018 11:12 am

It is important not to lose hope and stay positive. Bad times don’t last and we all have skills which command value in the market. What you mentioned in the last para is very important to keep the spirit up!

Anagha Yatin
September 19, 2018 12:29 pm

There is no new beginning before a full stop. Accepting the reality positively, as you have mentioned, without blaming self or bad mouthing the employer, can pave way to clear thinking which would be crucial for journey onward.

Neha Sharma
September 19, 2018 1:47 pm

Very well written post, Vartika. I have seen a friend of mine going into depression because of loss of a job. Sometimes, when it comes as a sudden news, it does hurt a lot. And yes knowing how to cope up with such difficult situations greatly helps. We all should look at difficult times as an opportunity to find something much better. This will be a very helpful post for people going through a similar situation.

Pragnya Mishra
September 19, 2018 7:25 pm

Losing job is definitely not good experience. But resorting to bad mouthing and blaming is really not helpful. Rather like you mentioned Vartika, staying with positive people helps. A positive picture on scenario.

Paresh Godhwani
September 19, 2018 7:49 pm

Really heart breaking. After working so hard and doing wonders, he lost his job. I always feel that being your own boss is better than working in such MNCs. I liked the tips you shared to deal with such heartbreak .

Parul Thakur
September 21, 2018 7:10 pm

A thoughtful one there. Having seen many with the people I worked, i couldn’t agree more.

Jamie Chaw
September 22, 2018 8:07 am

This topic is hardly ever talked about in public but thanks for spreading the awareness and how best to deal with it!
Useful info for ppl going thru the same struggles…its not the end of the world!!!

Jamie Chaw


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