Life is full of disappointments. What we pray and crave sometimes is never what we get, but life must go on. In life we go through so many losses. Ranging from losing loved ones, to losing jobs and tenders. When this happens we are bound to be at our lowest points in life. We find ourselves withdrawn from others, crying, questioning nature and God.
Whether you’ve been laid off, terminated, forced to take an early retirement, or your contract has ended, losing your income is one of life’s most stressful experiences. Some people end up indulging in alcohol which acts as short term relief but has devastating effects later. Losing a job is never someone’s dream. But if it happens are you able to move on? Here are some tips on how to navigate a job loss.
Take time to adjust
Loosing a job in a place which has been feeding your family and settling your bills may be tough. Allow yourself to accept the fact that you have lost that job, so you can be able to move on. Use that time and space to reflect on mistakes done and the direction you want to take going forward.
Rather than sitting there questioning and cursing, accept how things are at that moment. The sooner you do, the better you will be able to sit down, set new goals and focus on the next phase of life.
Take that loss as a motivation
You will realize that most successful people in life have gone through a similar situation at one point of their lives. Though they went through a similar situation, the key thing is that they never gave up. They didn’t just sit their pitying themselves. They picked themselves up and used that setback as a lesson.
Reach out to friends/networks
Life is all about networking. As the famous saying goes, your network is your networth. Therefore, once you lose your job, contact your friends and networks and find out if there are any opportunities in their organization.
Therefore, if you are employed, strive to make new friends each passing day because you don’t know what the future holds. Having a wide range of friends can be crucial in both helping you cope with the stress of job loss as well as securing a new job.
Inform your family
If your family solely depends on you it’s quite hard to tell them that you are fired or relieved off your duties. Even if you take pride in being strong and self-sufficient. Keep them in the loop about your job loss and tell them how they can support you in search of a new job.
It’s never easy to lose a job but life must move on. Stay strong and keep working to achieve your long term life goals and targets.