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Introduction | Losing Your Job | Coping with Feelings | Caring for Yourself and Your Family | Searching for a New Job | Landing Your New Job


Phase Three: Caring for Yourself and Your Family

Layoffs can generate negative effects on your health and life.

Upon completion of this section:

  1. You will be able to identify actions to take to care for yourself
  2. Identify actions to take to care for your family.
  3. Differentiate ways to Get Support

Care for Yourself

Losing a job ranks as one of the top ten greatest stressors people experience. You must replenish the emotional energy that stress saps because employers want to hire energetic, healthy people.

There are five ways you can take care of yourself.

  1. Maintain Your Physical Health
  2. Work Smart
  3. Be Kind to Yourself
  4. Get Outside Yourself
  5. Take It Easy

Below are examples of the different care methods.

Maintain Your Physical Health

Work Smart

Be Kind to Yourself

Get Outside Yourself

Take It Easy


Care for Your Family

Losing a job affects your whole family.   Unemployment will intensify whatever problems were already there.

There are five ways you can take care of your family.

  1. Maintain Your Relationships
  2. Be Helpful
  3. Work on Communication
  4. Understand Family's Reactions
  5. Rely on Other Sources of Support

Below are examples of the different care methods.

Maintain Your Relationships

Be Helpful

Work on Communication

Understand Family's Reactions

Rely on Other Sources of Support


Getting Support

You will need support to deal with your complicated feelings and your job search efforts.

Here's a potential list of who can lend you support:

You will need people who will provide support by:

Asking for support doesn't mean begging someone to fix your problems.


Looking on the Bright Side

An important part of caring for yourself is maintaining a positive attitude. Losing your job may actually have many benefits such as:

Being optimistic and maintaining a positive attitude is your choice. The alternative is to feel like a victim and feel there is nothing you can do.


Completion of Caring for Yourself and Your Family. Continue to the next section or any other section.

Introduction | Losing Your Job | Coping with Feelings | Caring for Yourself and Your Family | Searching for a New Job | Landing Your New Job

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