Losing your job is never easy. The impact of Covid-19 has meant that many people have suddenly had their positions made redundant or are going through other difficult changes to their work.
Most of us like to have a sense of control and certainty about what will happen in the future, and when we lose that sense of control, there are some common emotions, thoughts, reactions and challenges related to it. We have taken the time to find some of the most relevant and up to date information on what you can do to help cope with job loss, these include:
- Allow yourself time to grieve but try not to dwell: You might be experiencing a loss of personal connection, autonomy and security. It’s important to acknowledge the impact of that loss on your life and your emotions.
- Keep professional standards: Your approach to job loss reflects who you are. Your employer may end up employing you again or you might want a reference in the future. You need to take a professional, long-term approach.
- Establish (and stick to) a routine: Your job is searching for a job, and you need to start planning on how to get a job and set up a daily routine to ensure you keep a work-life balance
- Focus on what you can control: There are lots of things you can control, such as how you look after yourself, which government assistance packages you apply for and how you manage your budget.
- Ask for help: Positive encouragement and patience can be critical for someone who has lost a job. A person who is still grieving may seem lazy or disinterested but loved ones should remember that may also be a sign of depression. If you find that you’ve become apathetic or hopeless, reach out to a counsellor or primary care physician.
- Recognise that it’s not your fault: This is a global pandemic and losing your job is not just related to you, your team or your organisation. This is on a global scale.
- Assess your marketable skills: Create a list of each of your skills, from the ability to analyse difficult situations to being a people person and consider how you can incorporate them into your next job.
- Explore new opportunities: Are you keen to learn a new skill, language, or go back to school?If finances allow, this may be a good time to focus energy on developing passions.
- Spend time being productive: Things are not going to be locked down forever and you’ll be seeking employment again soon. Take time to update your resume and ask people for references
- Commit to self-care: Most of us know what will help alleviate stress including better sleep, exercise, meditating, writing in a journal, and now is the time to take action and look after yourself.