Coping with stress after job loss

If you have lost your job, and are feeling stressed, this can have an impact on your relationships with loved ones.

There are things you can do to cope and increase your wellbeing:

1. Talk to your loved ones

It’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or angry. Be patient and try to accept your feelings. Talking to people you trust can help.

2. Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Try to exercise, eat well, drink water and get plenty of sleep. Having some structure in your day can reduce boredom and spikes in anxiety.

3. Revisit old hobbies and skills

Draw on skills you have used in the past that have helped you to manage previous life’s adversities. Use these skills to help you manage your emotions, create purpose and give meaning to your time at home.

4. Avoid alcohol and other drugs

If you feel overwhelmed, talk to a health worker or counsellor.

5. Get professional advice

It’s ok to ask for support. Have a plan that outlines where to go and how to seek help for physical and mental health needs if required.

Where to get help

Phone: 1800 888 236
Confidential alcohol and drug counselling or referral in Victoria. Open 24 hours, every day of the year.

Relationships Australia
Phone: 1300 364 277
Specialist family and relationship support services including counselling and relationship education.

National Debt Helpline
Phone: 1800 007 007
Free financial counselling service. Open Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 4:30pm.

Free tools, tips and guidance to help you manage your money.

Page last updated: Monday, 15 November 2021