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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 Two: Coping with Feelings

Losing your job is a major life change. It requires time to cope with your feelings and move on.

Upon completion of this section:

  1. You will be able to recognize the different stages of Job Loss.
  2. You will be able to move through each stage efficiently.

Change Process

Change is a process with definable stages.

These stages are:

  1. Denial
  2. Bargaining
  3. Resistance
  4. Loss Experience
  5. Acceptance

Denial

During this stage, you deny that you need to take action or grieve.

People do different things to deny a potential layoff.

Below are examples of being in denial.

To overcome denial you must take action and make plans.


Bargaining

During the Bargaining stage, you make deals to escape the situation or ease the loss.

Here are some examples of bargaining during a layoff.

Bargaining doesn't help you find a new job.   To move past bargaining you must face the facts. Having the following thoughts are examples of accepting the facts.


Resistance

During the Resistance stage, you resist and rebel against the change forced upon you.

However, don't get stuck and stop looking for a new job. It's natural to feel angry when losing a job.

To move through the Resistance stage successfully follow this strategy.


Loss Experience

During the Loss Experience stage, you realize the extent of the job loss and feel the full effects which include:

Below is detailed information on the different effects of the Loss Experience Stage and methods of overcoming them.

Effect: Depression
Method of Overcoming:

Effect: Anxiety
Method of Overcoming:

Effect: Fear
Method of Overcoming:

Effect: Guilt
Method of Overcoming:

Effect: Shame
Method of Overcoming:


Acceptance

Acceptance is the final stage. Acceptance doesn't mean approval. You don't have to like that you have no job, but you do have to face the reality of your situation. However, there are benefits during the Acceptance stage.


Completion of Coping with Feelings. 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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