Layoffs are typically handed out on Friday. It’s a terrible time. Now you have the entire weekend to stew…fret…get angry…get scared…and generally feel bad.
You might feel like this:
- Numb – I absolutely didn’t see this one coming. I’m shocked!
- Angry – This is not my fault! I am a terrific sales professional! They’re going to be sorry now that I’m gone! No one could make those numbers.
- Relieved – I hated that place! I couldn’t wait to get out of here! They’re doing me a big favor!
- Scared – What am I going to do now?
You arrive home carrying your box of personal effects. No one is there. Your spouse is out and the kids aren’t home yet. You’re sitting there in the kitchen, alone with your thoughts. Silence.
Reality sets in.
Take a deep breath. Everything will be OK. About 57,000 other people in the U.S. got fired or laid off today. You may think you are alone, but you are definitely not.
Believe me, job loss is 100% curable. I have never met anyone who did not eventually find another job. The trick is to keep unemployment time down to a minimum. To do that, you will need to understand the current job search process.
✔ Call your best friend and have a long conversation. Try and stay positive.
Lay your box down. Put on your walking or running shoes. Leave the house. Go outside for a very, very long walk. If you are a runner, hit the road. Don’t be bothered by the weather. Dress properly for it. My best walks happen in the middle of the winter when I can bundle up and be alone with my thoughts.
When you are stressed, your breathing is shallow. You heart is pounding. Your muscles are tense and your mind is paralyzed. You can’t think straight.
Get the blood flowing. Clear your head. Walk or run until you are physically drained.
Feeling better now? Absolutely.
“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” Fred Rogers