Redundancy can leave a bitter taste in the mouth and it’s easy to start beating yourself up or wondering why it happened to you.
The fact is, it’s not your fault and you cannot control the decision that’s been made. But what you can control is the choices you make going forward. You don’t need to stay under a cloud and allow the situation to dim your spark. If anything, this is an opportunity to turn up the flame on your passion and purpose. If you never had a spark to begin with, then great – time to get lit!
When you’re out of work it’s very easy to get into some habits and patterns that aren’t so resourceful. By all means, take the opportunity to have a break and a few late nights, but make sure you don’t go down a path that leads to low self-esteem, lack of motivation, or even depression.
You may be out of your old work routine, so it’s important to create a new normal that will enable you to get excited about your career again and stay open to all possibilities.
Here’s a few tips:
- Decide to maintain a schedule of getting up at a reasonable hour and keeping a bedtime routine. You don’t need to get up at 6:00am anymore if you don’t want to but equally, make the most of your day.
- Create a vision board. This is a really fun and creative way to get excited about your future and all the possibilities available to you. Make your vision big and bold. Believe that you can make your next career move, the best yet. Maybe this is the time to find your life purpose or fulfil your dreams.
- Make a plan. Decide what your bigger picture will look like in the future and think about the resources you need and steps you need to take to get there. If you’re struggling with clarity or feel overwhelmed, working with a coach can really help.
- Set yourself some daily goals that will make your day productive. Whether that’s job hunting, seeking out help or making a career plan, or just doing some housework, be sure to end the day feeling good about what you’ve achieved.
- Stay connected with people. Whether this is arranging to meet up with a friend or popping out to a networking event, it’s a good idea to maintain human contact – who knows what opportunities will arise from talking about your ideas and aspirations.
- Create accountability. If you have a friend who has also been made redundant then call each other to stay motivated. If you don’t, consider working with a mentor or coach to help bring structure and accountability.
- Celebrate your wins. The small steps are as important as the leaps, so reward yourself when you make progress with your plan / goals. You don’t have to spend loads – you can treat yourself to a bubble bath or buy that
- Get out of the house. The temptation to binge watch Netflix is there. Instead, if you find yourself at a loose end, take a walk in nature, do some volunteering or go sit in a coffee shop to do a little internet research. Just being around people and being outdoors will really help to keep you connected.
- Look after yourself mentally and physically. Eat balanced meals and stay active. You don’t need to spend lots of money. Go for a walk or run, or dust off the old bike in the garage. If you’re feeling stressed about your situation, talk about it with somebody you trust or a professional.
Most of all, I want you to recognise that “you’ve got this”. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true that you already have your inner spark, you just need to find it and keep it alight. What comes next is going to be great so keep the faith and step bravely into the unknown. You won’t fail because you are supported.
Opportunities are all around – you just need to look for them. There is life after redundancy and you can create it from your spark. Book in a complimentary coaching call and we’ll get you started and light the spark.