When you lose your job
The current economic crisis has impacted everyone I know. Four years ago, my husband lost his job of 28 years. I’ve never forgotten how I felt the morning he came home and said, “I was laid-off this morning.” The panic and worry we experienced four years ago, many Americans are facing everyday.
We want our lives to have routine, we want our lives to have a sound financial foundation with long-term stability. When your husband loses his job, or you experience a lay-off, it shakes you to your core and the demands it places on individuals and their families, are monumentally stressful.
There is hope after losing your job….We survived the lay-off and in the process, I gained a new sense of what’s important and ways to cope with the immediate needs that a sudden lay-off creates and the huge challenges we faced for everyday living.
The first things I learned….
Losing a job means your life has changed.
Losing a job means my husbands ‘new job’ was to find another way to support our family. MY ‘new job’ was to find ways to support and help my husband through this crisis.
If you’ve lost your job…finding another way to support yourself is a process and it will take time, patience and determination. In the process, you’ll find you’ll need to re-arrange your priorities, discover what is important and how to get a life that can be rich and fulfilling that doesn’t rely on how much money you bring home.
If your spouse has lost their job there are a myriad of ways to can lessen the immediate and long-term financial impact, give emotional support and be creative in dealing with the economic changes you’re facing.
We survived the layoff and in the process, discovered the difference between: needs and wants. We’ve also learned how to avoid financial pitfalls in the future.
If we survived a job lay-off, you can too! Losing a job means you’ve lost your financial livelihood, not your life. I want you to know, there are steps you can take to begin to change your life for the better and it won’t cost you a dime.
You’ve experienced a lay-off and you can begin the process to build a meaning life today, one step at a time.