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Dealing With A Job Loss

August 16, 2019

I will never forget the day I lost my job.  It was horrifying.  I was in complete shock and felt like my world was shattering around me.  Instead of showing my feelings and emotions to my family and the world, I decided that I had to be strong and act like it was for the best.  Act like everything was going to be alright, even though I really wasn’t sure that it was going to be.

It seems cliché, but when you go through a tragedy or a crisis, like losing your job, most of us experience some version of the five stages of grief.  We may think this is reserved for death or divorce, but the same principles apply to any tragedy in your life.

We are all different, so everyone experiences these stages differently.  Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, the psychiatrist who identified these stages, said they’re not necessarily experienced linearly, and some people may not experience them at all.  They are just broad, sweeping stages that people go through when grieving.

Recognizing these stages can help you cope with the loss of your job and help you deal with your emotions so you can begin to recover professionally.

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