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I was reading in the paper today that the stress of job loss and financial turmoil is taking its toll on people. More and more individuals are seeking support from agencies or private therapists to help them cope during these difficult and challenges times. As bad as this is for younger adults, it is equally as difficult for the baby boomers who will be retiring soon. What if you lose your job before then? What if your company is down-sizing because of the economy and your specific job causes you to be laid off? What do you do?

Recognize that you are experiencing the loss of a way of life and the security it provided. You may feel numb and be in disbelief, but it is important to feel your feelings, as with any loss, because it is all part of the healing process. Feelings of frustration and helplessness are common, since the situation was not initiated by you.

Here are some things you can do to cope better and make the transition easier:

1. Realize that to return to the quality of life you had before, you have to make changes. This means you must focus on the future and make a personal business plan you can follow.

2. Identify your skills, interests and abilities. Perhaps this will enable you to find a new career or direction that will be even more fulfilling than the one you had before. Look into distance learning programs to hone your skills or to learn some new ones. Don’t let procrastination sabotage your incentive to find or create new work.

3. Develop your support system or networking system, letting everyone know that you are looking for a job.

4. Talk things over with someone you trust. This helps you realize the reality of the situation, and offers input into things you can do or things you are good at. Join a support group to help you manage your feelings so they don’t control you. Understand what you are going through so you can move through the grieving process easier.

Coping with job loss is devastating at any age, but even more so when you are older. It is especially compounded when you are close to retirement, since it is a forced departure. You have a choice, however. As with any loss, you can stay fixated at the same point or choose to move on.
Learn to take ultra care of yourself during this time and you’ll be renewed with hope and energy. What seems to be a terrible setback, financially and emotionally, can actually be a catalyst for a hopeful new future and an exciting, new beginning.

Amy Sherman, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice. She is the author of "Distress-Free Aging: A Boomer's Guide to Creating a Fulfilled and Purposeful Life" and "The Joy of Optimism" 10 Lesson eCourse.
Go to http://www.bummedoutboomer.com to sign up for her inspirational weekly eZine and receive a Special Report on Overcoming Adversity.

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Comment by Amy Sherman on May 31, 2009 at 12:43pm
Thanks, John, for your insights. I, too, have used the Bach remedies and I know they work. Keep up the great work about informing people of their benefits.
Comment by John Board on May 31, 2009 at 12:05pm
I have worked freelance in the feature film industry and several times in my life I have found myself out of work for long periods. Early on I realized that it was best to have avocations or dreams to fulfill that were personal and did not need money to do. I learned to eat simpler and better using beans and pulses and tofu and found this trimmed me up and gave me self esteem. I drove my car as seldom as possible and got my bike out and even today at 74 more often ride it or take public transport and this saves money and gives me exercise which is important for me as I am sedentary and prefer inactivity of a physical kind.
All these things help me but the main problem of no work is the worry of will I ever get another job and so I suffer to from insecurity, fear, impatience, panic even sometimes. I cope with all these using Bach Rescue Remedy to help me center and straighten up my perspective. It is best if you are interested to just Google Bach Flower Remedies Edward Bach was an English doctor who opined that the mind/spirit split was the cause of all disease and dis-ease. I would have to say having used his remedies particularly his Rescue Remedy that he is right in this thinking as we are mind driven. This does not mean now having the problem at a physical plane the remedies will help us strengthen ourselves to the point of healing but certainly they will help. I make kits and the information about Bach and Rescue Remedy is My #1 Tromos Stress Remedy. You can find it documented at www.hollywoodsurvivalkit.com Go there to read about it or to Bach's site.
Being out of work is hardest on the mind and Bach remedies with no side effects are a great help.
Now if you cannot sleep properly because of an overactive mind at bed time my #6 remedy is great. It is homeopathic and also has no side effects.
I suggest you look at all the remedies and the understandings of Homeopathy at my site as the language is simple and they are all there because I and hundreds of workers on films led me to these as great remedies to begin with homeopathy as a way to heal. All the remedies I mention can be bought at most Natural health stores.
Watch your breath come in and out and the world will change as you calm yourself. It is perhaps the only lesson one needs to get in dealing with stress.

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