Coping With the Stress of Being Unemployed and The Holidays
Honesty is the best policy, and telling family and close friends in advance, is the best practice and letting them know that you are struggling with the situation. This day and age most everyone has had to deal with this type of situation in their career. People easily emphasize with your predicament and who knows, may provide you with some insight or possibly a contact in their network that you could pursue in the New Year.
The financial stress of being unemployed over the holidays also carries its toll as well with the expectation of gift giving and hosting or attending elaborate parties and functions. When it comes to family and loved ones they will understand if there isn't an abundance of gifts under the tree from you.
When it comes to the elaborate family dinner, consider being the host and invite family to a potluck and open your home and you will be the one dealing with the preparation of the large crowd and the clean up after. For family members that are working fulltime taking that stress away will be an absolute blessing.
Getting the emails that former coworkers and friends are meeting for dinner and a drink over the holidays? Don't decline, stay connected. Join them and have coffee and use the excuse that you are between engagements and just wanted to stop in to wish everyone Happy Holidays. With Ride Programs out in full force that time of year no one will even question you just having a coffee.
Disappointing your children Christmas morning can be the biggest stress of all. Include your children in what's happening if they are old enough to understand, if they are not they probably they won't even notice the limited finances. Make plans with your kids to enjoy the holidays, plan to go skating, sledding or a board game night, ten years from now they will remember those moments and not what was under the tree.
Don't abandon your job search over the holidays keep job searching, however do enjoy the time with family and friends and remember to stay positive and focused. The greatest gift you can give anyone is your time and love.
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