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Get angry.  Then get over it.  If you’ve been laid off, chances are there was at least a microscopic element of workplace politics that led to you being escorted from your cubicle carrying an HR-issue cardboard box.  Allot yourself one hour or one day to stew over it. Then move on.  Focus your energy on the next job, the next career, the next phase.  As you gain distance from it, you may discover that your old job/career/life wasn’t as great as you thought it was.

Trim the financial fat wherever you can.  You won’t miss it.  Read your favorite newspapers and magazines online.  Forget the $8 glass of house merlot.  Check out that $2.99 per bottle Malbec. 

Before you shell out $11 for a movie ticket, read the reviews.  Film critics get paid to watch lousy movies.  You don’t.  Explore NetFlix. 

Brew dark French roast coffee at home.  Cook your favorite pasta dish for $5 instead of going to a restaurant and paying $15 for it.  Invite some friends over and cook it for them.  Buy store brand toiletries and over-the-counter medicines.  Dump the landline and stick with the cell.  I’ve saved $557 a year reading newspapers online and $564 by dropping my landline.  It adds up.

Focus on the resources you have and take action.  Are you eligible for an extension of your unemployment benefits?  Are you eligible for the Obama stimulus plan’s COBRA subsidies?  Do you qualify for the new mortgage modification program?

If you can’t find a full-time job, can you put two or three part-time gigs together?  Can you freelance?

The more you look at your resources and options and take action, the better you will feel and the more effective you will be.

Everyday, do something that can connect you to something else.  Which is why I’m writing this.