StressStop Blog

Advice for Those Going Through Layoffs and Downsizing

Jim Porter, M.A.L.S., President, StressStop.comSaturday, April 3rd, 2010

In the last blog we talked about the health risks associated with job-loss and the threat of downsizing. According to a recent article in the New York Times, after a steel mill in upstate NY closed, within six weeks, three of the workers in the plant had suffered a heart attack and two of those cases turned out to be fatal. Several studies quoted in the article, showed that heart disease, depression, and other stress-related disorders were not uncommon in people whose jobs had been terminated.

man being fired with box of items cleared from his deskSo what advice can you give someone going through downsizing?

Don't forget the effect of "persistent perceived job insecurity," for people who endure a period of downsizing. Even survivors of job cuts are at risk for health problems. So if you fall into this first group - of job cut survivors - the following advice may pertain to you too.

Take a Stress Test now to determine your level of Resilience >

  1. Get some exercise. Even though the money may be tight, if you are laid off, consider joining a gym. You actually may have more time to use it, and the daily workouts may be a lifesaver in terms of your physical and mental health. (You may be pleasantly surprised by the networking opportunities you find at the gym as well.) Also remember, any movement like walking, vacuuming or raking the leaves, sustained for at least ten minutes, counts as exercise.

  2. Monitor drinking and smoking. If you see a surge in either of these two unhealthy activities, get some help, or try your best to cut back.

  3. Seek support. This is the time you need it most. Maybe you'll find this through a support group, maybe you'll find it online or maybe you'll find it through a religious organization. Where ever you find it, just attending meetings and connecting with others, will counteract the natural urge to shut down and become depressed.

Healthy Heart
A guided imagery CD that helps restore weary heart tissue, improve cholesterol & blood pressure, dissolve arterial plaque and reduce stress.
More Information
Relaxing Through The Seasons
Take a relaxing journey through the four seasons with narration by Dr. Joan Borysenko. This program can help you lower stress, cholesterol, high blood pressure, and improve sleep.
More Information
Subscribe to our RSS Feed

Recent Posts

By: Jim Porter
Written: Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Most of us only have a vague notion of what is REALLY causing us to feel stressed. For example, when...

Holiday Stress
By: Jim Porter
Written: Friday, December 19th, 2014

Everyone has a different take on why the holidays are so stressful. For some it's too commercial, fo...

What I learned at this year's NATIONAL WELLNESS CONFERENCE: Wellness vs. wellbeing, ranking your food on a scale from 1-100 and Laser Coaching
By: Jim Porter
Written: Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The National Wellness Conference was held this year in Minneapolis, MN for the first time ever. It's...

Snakes, Stress and Brain Science
By: Jim Porter
Written: Monday, July 7th, 2014

I'm in the Catskills in upstate NY this week and I snapped this picture of a snake that looked like ...

The Future Of Stress Management
By: Jim Porter
Written: Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

In my last blog I gave you ten reasons why most people DON'T manage stress. In this blog I'm going t...

Ten Reasons Why You Don't Manage Stress
By: Jim Porter
Written: Monday, August 12th, 2013

Over the years, I've been made painfully aware of some of the roadblocks we are up against when it c...

Intrinsic Motivation And Behavior Change
By: Jim Porter
Written: Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

One of the things I really enjoy about going to wellness conferences is meeting the experts that att...

Incentivizing Health Promotion: This TIME is somehow different from the last TIME.
By: Jim Porter
Written: Monday, May 20th, 2013

It was a David and Goliath moment that one seldom gets to see anywhere, let alone at a small health ...

My Fourth And Fifth Days In India: How I Used The Concept Of The Compassionate Witness To Recover My Sense Of Wellbeing
By: Jim Porter
Written: Monday, March 18th, 2013

(SOILER ALERT: I apologize in advance, that this blog, as my kids would say, contains TMI (way too m...

Stress, Trauma and Coping
By: Jim Porter
Written: Thursday, March 7th, 2013

I attended a conference on Stress, Trauma and Coping in Baltimore last weekend that was sponsored by...

Popular Products


Stress Testing Cards

The Stress Profiler

A Day Away From Stress CD

The Perfect Day DVD