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Surviving Job Loss? What to Do When The —- Hits The Fan!


When The —- Hits The Fan! What can you do?  I know some may have thought that this Mental Health Humor cartoonist would be drawing a poop emoji hitting the fan! Hey, it’s a great idea for a cartoon; I may draw it next.

One of my girls loves that poopie emoticon/emoji; it is so cute to her.  So I think that Mental Health Humor cartoon idea will get “doodled,” for sure.  But let’s get back to Mondays, I mean cruddy, crappy days.

Everyday life presents us with challenges; many are very manageable on the spot.  Others have no long-lasting effects on our day or our life.  Such as one I am dealing with right now.

Then there are the days When The —- Hits The Fan! Nothing goes right, all the news is bad, up is down, and everything sucks!  No matter what the news is, it like wants to hit that fan.

I got the “hit” a few days ago, a job loss! After seven years, a solid job phased me into a new place in the company. Outside and out of work.  It is hard, and I’m a real employee…yet, I was of late titled “third party vendor” Ouch!  But I love the people, and the company has been good to me.  Nevertheless, this is a loss.  The emotional turmoil is brewing and fear that I’ll not be able to provide for my family.  And with a family of six (my wife and I and four teens) to provide for there is a lot more stress instantly on my shoulders.

All job losses sting. People who don’t care about their jobs quit. Employees who remain almost always have an emotional investment that causes them pain when they are asked to leave before they’re ready to,” said clinical psychologist Kathleen Brehony, Ph.D., of Norfolk, Va. “The loss of work is much like other losses in our lives in this respect — it causes considerable grief and suffering.” ~ Coping with Unexpected Job Loss

Surviving Job Loss

I’ve been without work in the past,  out of work from any reason, many times caused by the bipolar symptoms flaring up and other times with the work just drying up.

I’m working many jobs to supplemented my income.  Learned this lesson back in 2008 when my business went belly up in the course of three months due to the economy. With blogging, and working part-time.  This revenue does NOT pay the current bills.  But, at least, this time, I have a path forward.

While I may not have been ready or 100% prepared to lose my job.  I am 100% sure I can get through the oncoming storm if I don’t grieve and wallow in much self-pity.

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart
Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart

Whether it is dealing with the loss of job, dealing with surprise symptoms of bipolar or another diagnosis, dealing with stress or anything else that comes with the loss of a job…By-the-way It sucks!

When The —- Hits The Fan, it seems like when it rains, it pours!  Just as the moving pros, in the mental health humor cartoon, are having the rope snap on the sofa smashing Mr. Potato Head, STUFF HAPPENS! Unexpected stuff and we need to roll with the punches.

It days like today that I am so glad I have PsychCentral.  Here I have a plethora of knowledge and help to deal with every sort of issue that could affect our family from financial matters to the uncertainty of life living with a mental health diagnosis.

Here are seven tips that are helping me from Melody Wilding, LMSW, Master Coach, and she teaches human behavior at The City University of New York (CUNY) Hunter College.

7 Steps to Surviving Job Loss | World of Psychology

Here are some tips for coping if you lose your job:

1. Realize you’re mourning – Chato Says: YES, Check!

2. Acknowledge the loss – Chato Says: Yeah, For sure, Check! Check! Check!

3. Ride the roller coaster of emotions – Chato Says: Woke up this morning got me a ticket for this ride.

4. Cleanse – not there yet.

5. Don’t engage in self-defeat.

6. Lose the “what-if’s”…

7. Embrace the upsides.

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato Stewart
Mental Health Humor by Chato Stewart

 

Moving Man 1: I don’t get it, I’m lost, I don’t know what to do….
Moving Man 2: Get some sour cream and chives… (sign: Caution)
Caption: Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think – couch mashed potato.

APA Reference
VanScoy, H. (2015). Coping with Unexpected Job Loss. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 27, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/coping-with-unexpected-job-loss/
APA Reference
Wilding, M. (2014). 7 Steps to Surviving Job Loss. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 27, 2016, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2014/02/11/7-steps-to-surviving-job-loss/
Surviving Job Loss? What to Do When The —- Hits The Fan!


Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels). info@mentalhealthhumor.com


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APA Reference
Stewart, C. (2016). Surviving Job Loss? What to Do When The —- Hits The Fan!. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 1, 2020, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/humor/2016/06/surviving-job-loss-what-to-do-when-the-hits-the-fan/

 

Last updated: 27 Jun 2016
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