Most people never feel secure because they are always worried that they will lose their job, lose the money they already have, lose their spouse, lose their health, and so on. The only true security in life comes from knowing that every single day you are improving yourself in some way, that you are increasing the caliber of who you are and that you are valuable to your company, your friends, and your family -Anthony Robbins

The loss of a job can be devastating. It’s normal to feel hurt, angry, sad and frustrated after losing your job. The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to take care of yourself and your loved ones during this time. Times have shifted in the job force and what seemed to be a secure environment has now changed. Some changes can just happen out of the blue. Here are some tips take action if you lose your job:

1. Stay connected with others. The losing your job is more than losing income. There is a grieving process for your loss. What we do for a living can be associated with self-esteem, confidence and part of your daily habits, among other things. It’s so important to get support during this time. Dealing with difficult feelings helps you to move through the tough times and facing fears head on. Keep networking options open. You may find out about another job through people in your community.

2. Make a financial plan. Know your exact financial situation. Determine how much savings you can rely on and what bills are coming due around the corner. Draw up a short-term financial plan to follow while you figure things out. If you are in a relationships, discuss your plan with your spouse or partner. This affects both of you, so be sure to make plans together and agree on the changes in your spending habits to lessen the impact. Your children should know that times are a little tougher and that you need to cut back on spending. Reassure them that things will be okay and use age-appropriate information so as not to stress or scare them.

3. Get all the facts from your employer. Even though your job has ended, the final details are important to your financial future. Be sure you understand your insurance options, such as COBRA, so that you and your family can remain covered without any lapses during your search for a new job. Find out if you are eligible for a severance package. If one is available, find out every detail, such as beginning and ending dates for each of the benefits. Account for every dollar closely.

4. Apply for unemployment benefits. Check to see if you can apply online for benefits. This will help you expedite the process and get enrolled quickly. Unemployment benefits can bring in some much-needed income while you're job hunting.

5. Dust off your resume. Consider posting your resume online on job sites and Craigslist and print plenty of copies to drop off or mail. You can start your job search by looking online at job boards, forums, and classified ads, as well as applying directly to companies via their websites. The internet allows you to search right from the comfort of your own home, and can open doors of opportunity available to you.

6. Stay in the positive zone. Keep positive as much as possible. Continue with suggestion number one and have a support system throughout this process. Keeping positive will make a difference during job interviews and your overall attitude. Follow a regular routine as much as possible. You can continue to eat right, exercise and get enough sleep as before. Focus on carrying out your plan for finding a new job.
 

For over 25 years in the health care profession, Lisa Birnesser has studied stress relief techniques and have helped hundreds of people reduce stress in their lives. Lisa specializes in stress management coaching by helping people do what matters most every day.

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