Fighting Depression After a Job Loss

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man-1394395_1280Losing a job is never fun. It happens to the best of us. It’s okay to be down for a little while after you’ve lost your gig. Sometimes people take a job loss a bit too serious and they allow it to cause them to be depressed. As you know, depression is not healthy. Today, I want to discuss some things that you can do to combat it.

Look at the bright side

The first thing that you should do is look at the bright side. You may be wondering what if there is a bright side. The bright side is that you work up this morning. You have a shelter over your head and food to eat. Unfortunately, everyone doesn’t have those things. Be happy and thankful that you do.

It’s not the end

Losing your job is not the end of the world. It may seem like it is, but it’s not. People lose jobs all the time. You have to get focused and apply again. Losing your job could be a blessing in disguise. Remember, it’s not the end of the world. Shake it off and find another job as soon as possible.

You will work again

I want you to know that you will work again. You may not believe it one you lose your job, but you will. There are a few things that you can do to make sure that happens. Update your resume with current information. Apply for jobs on sites such as CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, and Craigslist. Contact your friends and family and let them know the situation. Don’t be ashamed. They could have that connection to the next job for you. It might take some weeks or even some months, but you will work again.

Do something to get your mind off the job loss

Doing something to get your mind off of your job loss is the next thing that you need to do. If you stay at home all day and think about it, of course, you’ll be depressed. Get your butt out of the house and do something. Go to the gym and exercise. Visit the library and dive into some new books. Go to the bar. On second thought, if you’re depressed, drowning your sorrows with alcohol is the last thing you should do. Make sure that you do something positive that will get your mind off the job loss.

Hang with friends

Hanging with your friends is the last thing you should do to help you fight the depression of losing your job. Just being around the people that you know and love will help lighten up your mood. Laughing and joking with them may be just what the doctor ordered for you.

In summary, the things you can do to fight depression after a job loss is to look at the bright side, realize that it’s not the end of the world, remember that you will work again, do something to get your mind off the job loss, and to hang with your friends. Doing those things will help you feel less depressed after losing your job.

 

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