The question everyone is asked when made redundant is: “How are you feeling”?
Honestly, I felt anger, dishonour, bitterness, as though I’d been hit by a bus, despair, etc.
All those extra hours, dedication and results for the company, and that’s the thanks I get!
So here’s what to do!
1. Get it off your chest to a friend (the chances are your partner is just as angry, so find a friend who will listen).
2. And then what? Don’t dwell on it. It’s happened, and there’s nothing you can do about it, and as the song goes: "Don’t look back in anger". It’s not worth the anger or stress!
3. If you have a mortgage, loans, cost of living expenses, etc., seek help. It’s vital to do this ASAP, and there is plenty of help out there. You have paid taxes all your working life, so now it’s payback time and that’s what it’s there for. Don’t be stereotypical and think I’ve never had to do this before, and I’m hurting my pride - forget the British ‘stiff upper lip’; this is about YOU and your family!
Remember, you are not alone! Thousands of us now find ourselves in a place we’ve never been in. It’s scary, it’s daunting, but help is out there.
4. Talk. Do not bottle this up. Again, find a friend who will listen (and there’s plenty of us here who will listen). If you feel that you don’t have the right person to talk to, there are plenty of support organisations out there who will listen and offer advice.
5. And yes of course it’s a shock, but it’s only temporary. Be positive and look to the future. Use this time to think about what you want to do next, for example starting your own business (Again, the support is here if you need it).
6. Keep busy. Use this time to do the things you’ve been meaning to do for ages and not got round to. Ask your partner, if you have one, no doubt they’ll have a list for you!
Do that hobby you never had time for and keep occupied. It’s very easy to sit and do nothing or stay in bed all day, but that’s no good for your mental health!
7. Exercise. It’s really important to keep active and healthy − eating well is just as important. So even if it’s just a half hour walk, get out and get some fresh air and exercise; it does wonders for your mind too!
And lastly, repeat number 4. Talk to someone. It’s so important to talk about what you’re going through. Support is out there, and people and organisations WILL help you.
Again, you are not alone. There are thousands of us in the same position right now, and plenty of us who will gladly talk and offer advice.
And be positive. There’s an exciting new future coming soon!
Aviation Action can help if you find yourself being made redundant or being consulted regarding redundancy. We are here to help! Please get in touch if you need our support.