“Consistent contact is great; in person or phone calls are best. Occasional check-ins are helpful and make you feel good.” —Kent D.
- Losing a job can make you feel cut off from the “regular” world. Hearing from others, even just for a quick chat, restores a sense of connection and can also boost one’s mood in what can be a worrisome time.
“After I was laid off, I got some cards from friends, which are always GREAT, and I even received some pre-made dinners, which helped a lot.” —Becky B.
- Naturally, we like the idea of sending cards when someone is going through any tough time. But because the emotional toll of losing a job can be very high and finances can be a concern, practical help like setting up a meal train or delivering homemade dinners makes an immediate difference with a personal touch.
“I really wanted the regular meme-sharing, jokes and catch-ups that weren’t all about my job loss. I also appreciated friends continuing to include me in any virtual game nights or ‘regular’ life things that could help distract from this big valley.” —Kent D.
- Job loss or financial difficulty is hard, but it doesn’t have to completely change a person. It’s important to keep them in your circle’s regular activities—it gives them something to take their mind off their troubles for a while and maintain a sense of normalcy.
“We didn’t make too many folks outside our immediate circle aware, but those I did were eager to provide contacts of people they knew and any relevant job leads, which meant more than anything.” —Joel F.
- If you’re aware of opportunities for a person who’s out of work, by all means, feel free to share them. But be careful to do it in a way that doesn’t put too much pressure on them to act. It can take time for someone to get their confidence back up to where they’re ready to try to find a new position.