6 ways to cope with being laid off

Learn to lean on family and friends for support in times of crisis. (Rawpixel pic)

So you’ve been laid off due to the recent job shakeout caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. No matter how you feel right now – angry, fearful, relieved – here are several essential ways to cope after a layoff so you can continue to stay grounded, productive and mentally in control.

1. Maintain supportive relationships

If you are struggling to cope after losing your job, take the time to talk with your family and friends so that they are aware of what’s going on with your current situation.

If they are opening their arms to help and support you, accepting them will help you a lot. Try not to keep things to yourself as it will lead to stressful situations.

Having the support and empathy of your loved ones can be very helpful, especially in these times.

2. Take care of your physical and mental health

With all the time you have on your hands during this lockdown period, take up some form of exercise to help alleviate stress and keep you fit.

Managing your eating and sleeping habits is essential as well to keep yourself functioning as normal as possible.

3. Nurture yourself

Pick up on activities that make your day more productive. It’s also one of the best times to be compassionate with yourself and reduce stress.

Activities such as yoga, taking a warm bath, meditating, even praying and listening to music can greatly help you feel relaxed.

Any form of activity like yoga or meditation will go a long way to keeping you physically and mentally fit to face any situation in life. (Rawpixel pic)

4. Start journaling

Grab a notebook and write down your feelings, thoughts and ideas. Writing can be a great way to vent out all your negative doubts as well as addressing all the issues that you are still struggling with. Journaling is another way to help clear your mind to help you keep things on track such as daily activities, or even creating a list that you need to tend to.

5. Maintain a positive mental attitude

Stay conscious of the thoughts that go through your mind, in particular self-critical thoughts as these are negative.

It’s important to tell yourself to stop thinking in that manner. Remind yourself to maintain a helpful outlook and visualise what you want instead of worrying about what you fear.

6. Manage your expectations

Treat the time after a layoff as a transition towards a better career opportunity by setting ambitious yet achievable goals. This helps to promote productivity for yourself as you work towards improving your career while unemployed.

This article first appeared in jobstore.com

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