What to do with the emotional side of unemployment?
No one talks about the dark side of being out of a job. That place is reserved just for you. You don’t share with anyone just how scary unemployment can be. That’s a lonely place. What do you do when you’ve gotten the thirteenth voice mail instead of talking to a person or the third no? Do you walk to the kitchen to grab something cool to drink and you look twice at the beer but realize, it’s only 10:00 in the morning? Nice. So you’re unemployed and a drinker. That won’t help but it sure would feel good. Then you realize (again) that you’re still responsible for the safety and welfare of your family and oh yeah and responsible for you. Uh huh! It’s no small a task to stay fearless in the face of rejection. But who wants to hear about the rough side? Not my ____ . Fill in the blank with wife, husband, girlfriend, boyfriend, parents, or even my friends. They can’t stand to see me suffering. They want it over as badly as I do. In fact they are going through their own version of this situation. What do I do?
Does this sound familiar? When I was “impacted by layoffs” from an offshoot of Disney, I learned a lot about life transition. Great uh-huh? Who is up for another life lesson? Wait we’re in the middle of it. There is no turning back once you’re laid off you’re going through the process and it’s brutally honest, painful and scary. What do you do with that? It’s not all bad but the intensity of these feelings cannot to be ignored. They can be stuffed but they don’t go away. You can manage these on your own or you can join a group of people in the same situation as you to discuss the really really of managing the tough emotion of being unemployed or should we call it between employment gigs?
What these calls are:
- Varying topics addressing challenging aspects of the full time job of seeking employment
- Productive way to acknowledge the frustration and release the feelings
- A safe place to put a voice to the fear without creating a bigger problem at home
- Support through ideation and brainstorming
What these calls are not:
- Tactical approach to the job search
- A bitch fest
- Endless blathering on about the woes of the world
Preview session Thursday April 9th at 10 am PDT. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for the phone number a bridge for this complimentary call! Join us for a real conversation.