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While Job is a mere provider - lack of it can kill, emotionally and socially. It depletes self-esteem and can instigate self doubt.

I am seeking answers and ways to cope with job loss. More than financial issues, which are over-stated, its the nurturing of emotional well being that is required. How to keep the chin up in this critical crisis of life. I am looking forward to some smart, practical ideas which people might have used in their own personal life.

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    May 1 2012: If it is possible for you to volunteer in an organization in which you can play a continuing, meaningful role, you will continue to see yourself making a regular valuable contribution to your community. Volunteer work is work, so you will continue to be productive, even as you look for paying work.
    Volunteer work with or through an organization also has potential to provide social interaction and a sense of collegiality. If volunteering within an organization within commute distance for you is not possible or practical, online volunteering can provide a sense of continuing productivity, though the lack of social dimension is not ideal.
    • May 2 2012: Thanks a lot for the valuable inputs - as we speak - i am now searching for options as suggested by you. Once again Thanks
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    May 1 2012: Hi Bimal. Working to your strengths I think is always a good strategy - even if that means doing that on a voluntary basis.

    Working this way, I find, has emotional rewards that far exceed financial reward. It is a great feeling, as long as you are still able to pay your bills through some other work.

    Doing some menial part-time work just to pay the bills, alongside doing stimulating voluntary work, is far better emotionally and socially than doing a full-time job that you hate, in my humble opinion.
    • May 2 2012: Thanks a lot for the valuable inputs - as we speak - i am now searching for options as suggested by you. Once again Thanks