If you won't care for yourself, who will? Self-care matters.
If you lose your job, it's likely to be a shock -- even if it's something you saw coming. Too often, we use our job title to define who we are. When we lose that job, does that mean that we "aren't"? Of course not, although it may seem that way at first.
Remember, job loss is just that -- a loss in your life. It evokes the same emotions as any loss you may experience, and you need to deal with these emotions before you can move forward. You may be feeling a rush of anger, frustration, fear, sadness, embarrassment ... the list goes on. And you probably suffer a loss of self-esteem and experience feelings of worthlessness.
Remember one thing -- YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS!
Some tips that will help you cope with the emotions you're experiencing are:
~ When you find emotions making it too difficult to function, remember to breathe. Inhale slowly and deeply ... hold for a few seconds ... then exhale slowly and completely. Repeat 3 or 4 times and as needed throughout the day.
~ Close your eyes and visualize a beautiful scene -- maybe it's an ocean with the waves rolling to the shore, maybe it's a clear blue sky with white puffy clouds slowly passing overhead, or maybe it's a flower garden with colorful blooms as far as you can see. Choose something that soothes you.
~ Laugh. Watch reruns of I Love Lucy or Roseanne. Find a funny movie on TV -- Mrs. Doubtfire never fails to crack me up. Find some jokes on the internet. Laughing is good for the body and soul. When you laugh, it not only generates good hormones in your brain, it's contagious -- you'll improve your mood and the mood of those around you.
~ If you simply must worry, do it by appointment only. Set a specific time to worry -- and set a timer for 15 minutes. Worry all you want during that time, and when the timer goes off, stop worrying and get on with your day.
The last thing you need when you're unemployed is to deal with illness. So take steps to cope with your emotions. Self-care is critical in today's turbulent economy.