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Job Loss – Taking Control of Your Stress and Your Life

YWCA Saskatoon’s Employment and Learning Centre remains closed for in-person programs in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.  We will continue to provide remote services via email, telephone, and social media (Facebook).

We believe it is important to maintain your job search momentum. As such the Employment and Learning Centre will offer you daily job search advice and support that you can complete from home.

Today’s post is another post in the series….

Job loss and unemployment are among the most stressful life experiences.  An article published on HelpGuide.org notes that while it can “…seem overwhelming, there are many things you can do to take control of the situation, maintain your spirits, and find a renewed sense of purpose.”

There are the financial implications and the resulting worry and stress but there are also the impacts on your “overall mental and emotional health.”  Your role shaped your sense of self and how others see you. With the COVID-19 shut down, individuals may be “questioning your identity, grieving all that you’ve lost, or feeling anxious about what the future holds.”

The authors identify the possibility of feeling “betrayed by your employer, powerless over the direction of your life or blaming yourself.” that has now resulted in intense stress and worry.  But there is “hope” and here are some ideas to help:

  1. Grieve – the losses you are experiencing – including the job and professional identity, the income and sense of security, your sense of self and confidence, friendships at work. Take “some time to adjust, acknowledge and allow yourself to feel and express those feelings.”  This is not an easy time so be gentle with yourself, take this time to “reflect on what you want out of life and rethink your career priorities.”
  2. Talk with family, friends, or a counsellor for support. Talking can help you come to terms with the situation and may even “help you acknowledge your feelings, avoid beating yourself up, see the job loss as a temporary setback, and to look for the silver lining.” This could be the time to “expand your network outside of work – new connections in the community and possible connections to that next job.”
  3. Let your family support you. Talk and listen and explore new ways of having fun together so you all can “forget about your unemployment and stay positive.”
  4. Identify ways to “define yourself differently.” Reaffirm who you are as an individual – what is it you do that brings your life meaning and joy?  Think about all the other facets of your life – volunteer work, hobbies, activities and decide how to share this about yourself.
  5. “Get moving – exercise is a powerful antidote to stress.” Health benefits and feeling better emotionally is a win-win!
  6. “Eat well to keep your focus.” What you eat effects your body, your energy, and your thoughts.
  7. “Take care of yourself by maintaining balance, getting enough sleep, and practicing relaxation techniques.” The goal is to get through this part of the journey and be ready when that next opportunity arises.
  8. “Stay positive.” Develop a new daily routine and focus on what you can control.

The YWCA Job Search Program Employment Counsellors are here to listen and help you:  identify your job goal, formulate a job search plan, specify skills and abilities, assist with the development of a new resume, identify new opportunities, connect with employers, prepare for the job interview and get that new job!  You can reach us at:

Stay motivated; stay healthy as you achieve your employment goals.

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/job-loss-and-unemployment-stress.htm