Job loss – how to stay positive

Losing a job can have tremendous effects on your family, especially if you are the main provider and family members depend on you. Apart from the financial repercussions, there are also those feelings of anger, hurt, frustration and even futility after a job loss, which make it very hard for an individual to stay positive and find their way out of the situation. However, maintaining a confident and affirmative attitude is very important, in order to regain control of the situation and get through this difficult time. There are several things you can do and steps you can take to achieve this, which will help you not only find another job, but also reconsider your professional goals and development and find something that can make you even happier, if that’s the case.

 As mentioned above, losing a job doesn’t mean just losing an income, but it can also be followed by the loss of self confidence and self esteem, as well as the loss of purposeful activity and daily routine, which can throw things off balance for a while. Accepting the reality is the first step you need to take in order to survive the emotional roller coaster of unemployment. There is no point in dwelling on things you can’t change, such as how unfair or mishandled your job loss was, what you could have done to prevent this situation and so on. Start from where you are, accept the reality and get to the next phase, which is planning your next moves. It can also help if you look for the silver lining and try to learn something from your experience, give it some value.

 Family and friends can help you stay positive, so don’t be afraid to reach out to their help and support. If you isolate, you will only feel worse, as the stress of job loss can be really high. It can also be helpful to join a job seekers club, especially since you can easily do that online these days. Networking will help you stay connected and hear about opportunities that aren’t generally advertised. It has been shown that networking is the best way to proceed in finding a job. You don’t have to be overly pushy or promote your self aggressively, but simply build relationships and find support and advice. However, don’t keep your family out of the loop, as this may raise tension within the family, which will add to the stress. Listen to their opinions as well and try to make time for pleasure time spend with them, even if you don’t feel like it. It’s not just you that needs to stay positive, but them as well.

 If your financial situation allows it, losing a job can be a great opportunity to rethink your professional goals and re-direct your attention towards something that can really make you happy and successful on this level. Try to think about something you will be really good at and that will bring you a great deal of satisfaction every day, something that you can be proud to be doing. Whatever the case, with the right help and the right process, you can and you will maintain a positive attitude which will help you overcome this difficult time faster.