Advice & Help

Dealing with the BIG “R”

Written by Wayne A.Powell

Recession and Redundancy are the buzz words these days and all of us are affected directly or indirectly. While some companies are caught squarely in the economic crunch and have no other choice but to painstakingly part company with some of their workers, there are others no doubt that are using the present situation as an opportunity to let off some workers that they wanted to discharge long ago. Whatever the motive, the fact is that many persons will be traumatized by the fall out and will need psychological intervention via counselling

Here are some useful tips:

  • Don’t blame your self for the turn of events. Remember it is the job that was made redundant, not you.
  • Accept the reality of the situation as quickly as possible. The longer you take to process the situation, the longer it will take you to move on with your life.
  • Avoid drifting into a state of depression. This will only make matters worse. Maintaining sound mental health is critical at this time.
  • If you are hurt by the separation, talk it over with a friend/family member. Bottling up the hurt will only complicate matters. Men in particular must bear this in mind.
  • Do some introspection. What are some of your talents you may want to explore at this time? e.g music, handcrafts etc.
  • Be positive. Avoid the statement “ Nutten nah gwan fe me” If you say it often enough it may consume you. When people ask how you are doing, tell them you are doing well. The truth is it could have been worse.
  • Don’t sit at home doing nothing. Read books, surf the net. Volunteer your service with a local church/school and just keep busy.
  • Don’t be too embarrassed to share with others that you are job hunting.Net working is critical at this time
  • Don’t say “ I am unemployed” but rather “ I am between jobs”
  • Don’t isolate yourself from others go out  and mingle/socialize with friends
  • When you  get a call to attend a job interview; appear confident not desperate
  • Keep yourself in good physical condition. It may be the perfect time to begin an exercise programme. Don’t appear drab and unattractive.
  • If it is practical or affordable, take a trip to the country or overseas. A change of environment/scenery will break the boredom.
  • Keep telling yourself that your breakthrough WILL come soon.

REMEMBER

  • LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT; SO GET UP AND MAKE IT HAPPEN.
  • DON’T WORRY BE HAPPY
  • TRUST GOD AND KEEP THE FAITH

About the writer:
Wayne A. Powell is a Relationship Counsellor. He operates an Online counselling website and blog which provides a convenient way for both client and therapist to engage with each other from home or office at a time that is expedient to them.You can email him at: [email protected]

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