It is true to say that when we hear the fateful words, “ I’m sorry, but we have to make you redundant , feelings can be somewhat mixed. There are those for whom hearing those words comes as a relief, a welcome and not entirely unexpected blessing ; whilst there are others who are gripped by fear , dread and anxiety about what lies ahead. When the news finally sinks in though, no matter which of these camps you fall into, the future and what you are going to be doing in it is what is paramount in your mind. So to help you through those early days post redundancy, when uncertainty prevails and you’re not really sure where you’re at, here are a few of the more basic things that can help to get you thinking straight again and find the best way forward for you.
1. Set your alarm.
Admittedly strange advice when one of the things most yearned for when we are getting up for work is a few extra minutes in bed – the lie-in. And now when you can lie in bed all day, should you so wish, you’re being told to get up?? Well, like it or not, sticking to a normal routine post redundancy can help ensure you make the most of your day .
2. Avoid Daytime TV.
The temptation may be there – the lure of the chat shows, the cookery programmes, those cringe-worthy home makeover shows ; however resisting the urge will mean you have to occupy your time in a much more beneficial way.
3. Make a list.
We’ve all created to do lists at work and enjoyed the satisfaction gained when crossing a completed task off – it really is no different now. So grab a pen and paper, write out some things that have to be done – from practical things like sorting out finances and benefits, through to lists of those things you have been meaning to fix around the house but have just never managed to find the time.
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