Out of Work, Feeling Blue

Getting laid off is like grieving

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(HealthDay) -- Some health problems can be prevented, but you can deal with others only after they occur. The psychological difficulties associated with losing your job fall into the latter category.

The University of Washington Physicians Online reports that some emotions experienced after losing a job are similar to those encountered when dealing with the death of a loved one. First, comes denial, which must be overcome quickly. Talking with co-workers, family members and friends can help, the physicians advise.

They say maintain a normal daily routine when you're out of work. And, it's important not to let bitter feelings over losing your job carry over to your next employer. Instead, remember what you learned on your last job and use those skills at your new one.

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