It's Time to Get Extroverted (even if you are an Introvert)
I am an introvert, so don't worry 'my people' you can do it too - just for a short time.
After a layoff or a business going bust, you might feel like hiding under your bed for months. You might feel humiliated or sensitive to what happened and you don't want to tell anyone, because you don't know what to say and feel too sensitive to hear other comments or well intended 'advice'. So you become a turtle or a ghost.
Just remember everyone has gone through this stage.
After you do some soul searching with yourself, a coach, or trusted friends and family, you might feel more confident to share your new passion and path. Once you know what you are good at and what why you want to do, you have to tell EVERYONE!
Get in touch with old friends, new friends, contacts, groups, and events that you haven't had time to go and talk. Talk to "strangers'' too (btw strangers are friends and contacts that you don't yet).
The more you share your vision of your new life and have the story to prove it - the more people can help you. You will find that people are very generous and want to help, especially the ones that love and respect you. People want to help as chances are they have gone through this same situation many times.
Share your story and what you want for your next job or career!
Gives You Time to Focus on Well-Being :)
YOU are the most important person in this scenario! Focus on you. Getting laid off is a signal, that something is off and you need to focus on it. Be a Well Being.
Your wellbeing is all you really have to be able to support the people (and animals) you love - now and in the future. If you have been missing the gym, not eating well, not resting, or not taking downtime - now is the time to do it and make it a new, wellness habit for your life.
Cherish yourself as you would a loved one. You deserve it and it will serve you well. The more you put into you, the more you can give to others. Go on that diet, get strong, take the dog on long walks, early to bed/ early to rise, see the sunrise, see the stars, mediate, volunteer to a cause that you are passionate about, read books, learn to play guitar, sing, and more. Take a nap in the middle of the day - allow yourself to do it, to recharge and be focused and purposeful. No guilt, do not criticize yourself and make yourself "wrong". Just know that you WILL get another job, it just takes time.
This break is the time where we really want you to put all your energy into making you 'your best self'. Taking caring of you also helps your loved ones, as they will see how you are nourishing and investing in you to get yourself to the next, right destination. It will inspire them and others.