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Beat Job Loss Depression

Updated on October 10, 2010

Losing your primary source of income can be nerve-wracking and soul crushing. Chances are there is animosity towards your employer who failed to appreciate what you brought to the table, leading to a dent in self-worth.

Without the ability to provide for yourself and dependants, you may feel like a complete failure. Worst of all, if you are like most North Americans, you were living paycheque to paycheque and now have a stack of bills piling up. Perhaps your family is resorting to credit card debt to pay for basic necessities. Each passing day makes financial problems worse.

It’s perfectly acceptable to go through a ‘doom and gloom’ phase and feel self-pity when you lose your job. Accept and confront those feelings. If you are married, talk it over with your spouse. Don’t let your partner bully you and slow down the healing process. Be sure that he or she understands that you need some time to reflect and regain your mental strength. Without taking some time to recharge, the pressures are much more likely to overwhelm you. Once your confidence has been restored to a more comfortable level you’ll be able to search for a new job with gusto and maybe even totally rethink your career.

If you found your job unrewarding and deep down knew it was a dead end, losing it might be the best thing that has happened to you. There isn’t much motivation to bounce back when you aim to get a new job that is just as bad. Make it a goal to shoot for something better this time. Look at this time off as an opportunity to draft a plan for the future.

Embrace your feelings. Don't ignore it.
Embrace your feelings. Don't ignore it.

Depression can lead us to feel worthless and therefore slip into bad habits. In order to better yourself you need to focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Be sure to get plenty of sleep, eat nutritious meals and take the time to exercise. The former will clear your mind, therefore maximising your potential.

Entertainment and comedy specifically is a wonderful way to turn your mood around. Choose from any number of light-hearted shows centering on a vast arrays of jobs. For example, if you an IT person check out “The Office” or the movie “Office Space.” You’ll be able to relate to the characters that are experiencing many of the annoyances you did while on the job. This time instead of getting mad or sulking about it, you’ll get a good laugh. As the old saying goes, laughter is the best medicine.

It’s important to avoid substance abuse during this time. Instead of hitting a bottle of Jack Daniels to take your mind off things, devote some time to a hobby that makes you happy. Firstly, a heavy alcohol habit isn’t cheap to maintain, only producing a bigger financial burden to take care of later. Secondly, drinking will lead you to ignore your problems instead of confronting it.

Closing Remarks

Look at this time as a transitionary period, not an end. You are now free from the hustle and bustle, and can take the time to look at your life and improve it. Treat yourself right and plot out your course carefully. The choices you make now will create the future you will live in.


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      animekid 7 years ago from Upstate NY

      Hi there. I just lost my job the other day and I'm more angry than depressed due to the reason why, but I can see how a person may become depressed after the loss of a job that they really enjoyed. I definitely agree with you when it comes to how we deal with job loss by doing things that keep us focused and in the game such as exercise and watching some funny television once in a while. Thanks for this helpful hub.