Time to get serious, because I know there are alot of you who are out of work, or about to be laid off.  You've gotta be under alot of stress.  But I guess there are some things you can do to hang on to your sanity, so I thought I'd try to help somehow with this article I remember it like it was yesterday, and it was over 25 years ago.  I was working in advertising sales at a local newspaper. (I won't name names, although I should!)  I loved the job, don't get me wrong.  Only one problem. My sales figures were at the low end of the totem pole.  Actually waaay under the totem pole. .  But I still was pretty devastated when they dragged me into the office on a Wednesday and asked me if I was ready for my exit interview.

I had never heard of such a ridiculous thing.  I was so blindsided by the experience that it shook me for months.  It screws up your self confidence to be sure.  But according to an article in the Huffington Post, there are ways to cope.  I'll give you a couple that they mentioned, and then if you feel like it, you can read the rest:

  1. Accept that you have a problem. Protesting, getting angry, being resentful are all natural reactions. But they will only make you feel worse. Accepting that there is a real problem that requires coping is the first step in coping with the real problem. Being resentful won't help you.
  2. Normalize the problem. You are not alone. Everyone you know will likely know someone beside you who is unemployed or has been unemployed. Unemployment is part of the economy -- for almost every family and friend.

I'm sure you're probably like me.  Who wants to hear some smart ass giving you advice at a time like this?  You're as mad as hell and worried too.  But if this helps one person out there to realize that you are far from alone and that you have to dust yourself off and reinvent yourself, then I guess passing this information was worth it.  Best of luck, and as William Jefferson Clinton once said, "I Feel Your Pain".  (hell, I'm still alittle mad about what happened.  Long time to hold a grudge!!!