Laid off? Why Self-communication is Sure to Make Life Better

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Laid off? Why Self-communication is Sure to Make Life Better

In September of last year, I landed my dream job. I felt like I had found my sense of purpose. But then COVID-19 hit, and I was laid off.  I didn't take it well at all. In fact, I was devastated.

For weeks,  I did nothing. I laid in bed, darkness surrounding me, and immersed myself into the world of social media and Netflix. I mean, it was all I had to do, right? My anxiety and sadness increased. My loved ones began to believe I was descending into the deep cavern of depression all over again. In fact, if I'm being honest, I probably was. In my eyes, my purpose and future was gone (although now I know these thoughts were illogical, but mental illness never is logical).

I'll admit it, I played the victim. We're all guilty of that sometimes, without even realizing it. In my head, negative thoughts were taking over the positive ones. I stopped being kind to myself, not showing myself the tiniest ounce of compassion.

I stopped working on myself and growing for an entire month. Then, my partner confronted me. He pointed out that I had stopped moving. I was no longer trying to be happy, nor attempting to create my dream life. In other words, I gave up.

"What changed?" I thought.

Then it hit me. I stopped being aware of my inner-dialogue. I was running on auto-pilot. I let whatever thought popped into my head take the wheel, and was not intentional with my self-communication. Here's how I turned that around and keep it up today.

I Pay Attention to my Feelings

If we want to live life to our fullest potential and achieve extraordinary amounts of happiness, awareness is one of the most important tools. We self-communicate every second of our lives. Although it's impossible to control every single thought we have, we can be aware of our self-dialogue. The easiest way to become aware of our thoughts is to sit down periodically and assess our feelings.

At least a few times a day,  I stop and assess how I'm currently feeling. Am I sad? Am I anxious? Am I happy? Our emotions normally coincide with our thoughts, and they are more easily tracked. If we know how we are feeling, it is simpler to replace our negative thoughts with more positive ones.

I Talk to Myself

Yes, you heard that right, I talk to myself all the time. And no, I'm not crazy (at least I think so!). Once I know what emotion I'm feeling, I either keep up the dialogue I'm having in my head, or change it around to more productive thoughts.

I know what you may be thinking. Changing our thoughts isn't always easy, as they come automatically. However, once we are aware of our thoughts, we can work at changing them to ones that will have a better impact on our lives.

"I can do this."
"I deserve happiness."
"I am a successful person.'

Yes, positive affirmations sound cliche, but they work. If we use the right words in our head, we start to believe them.

I Live Life Based on These Positive Thoughts

Once I am aware of my feelings and work at changing any ineffective thoughts to effective ones, I live according to them. Although at first we may not believe these new thoughts, it's important to push ourselves to live the way our productive inner-communication wants us to.

Perhaps you told yourself that you are an expert in your profession. Act like it. Try your absolute best and complete quality work. Maybe you are a college student who tells yourself that you are a smart person who is capable of straight A's. Again, act like it. Study like crazy and put your best effort forward.

We may not feel like we are accomplishing what we want yet, but I urge you to just keep forcing yourself and acting the part. Our self-communication is heavily connected to our actions. As long as we keep moving in the right direction, we start to believe that this is the person we are, and that's the first step to actually becoming the person we want to be.

I Practice, Practice Some More, And Then Practice Again

It's important to know that change is not going to happen right away. It takes practice, and a lot of it to master these steps. Even when we think we might have mastered them, it's vital to keep practicing, as we can always keep improving. Before we know it, these actions will come naturally to us.

QUESTION: During tough times, have you tried any of these tactics? How did they work for you? If you haven't tried them yet, do you see them working for you?

Andrew Puccetti
Andrew Puccetti
Andrew Puccetti is a 23 year old writer, blogger, and author of Lost Boy Found: Overcoming my OCD (Trigger Publishing). As a gay man who struggles with mental health issues, he brings a unique voice to the writing scene. He passionately writes about topics and individuals that are underrepresented in today’s literature. Andrew believes writing is a form of activism and can change the world. Over the years, he has mastered the art of written communication, and is now working to master all forms of communication. He knows that effective communication and word choice can change not only your world, but the entire world. Join him on this journey.


  1. Ann Walsh says:

    You are able to express so much in a short space in time. i was laid off to, I responded they same way you did, I sat around by myself and watched TV. Just for a few weeks and then I pulled myself up and set a task for myself each day. Then I set the goal for the week. Its going to be ok. I am not the only one that was laid off. I was laid off because I made the most money, not because of anything id did or didn’t do.
    I have tried to focus on others by writing note cards to all the people in my church. They were encouraged and felt loved by the small gesture, I got calls and cards back from most of them. I started a few projects for other people. I am making dinner every Saturday for my sister and her grandchildren and delivering it so they are not living off of Mac and Cheese.
    I think your blog will help a lot of people. Some thing that reminds us all that we really are not alone. I look forward to following you. You are the first Blog I will follow.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Ann. I’m so happy to hear you will be following my blog. I’m also thrilled to hear that we were both able to change the conversation in our heads and turn around our mindsets about our lay-offs! Looking forward to hearing more thoughts about my content from you.

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