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How to Console Your Partner If They Lose Their Job

Know the right thing to say – and do – if your loved one suddenly finds themselves out of work.


  • Step 1: Be reassuring Tell your partner that you have their back. Losing a job is frightening; your reassurance that you are in this together will go a long way toward making them feel safer.
  • TIP: Stay away from cliches like, "this will probably turn out to be a blessing in disguise!"
  • Step 2: Allow them time to grieve Allow them a few days to wallow in self-pity without passing judgment. Like anyone else who has suffered a loss, someone who has lost their job needs time to grieve.
  • TIP: Encourage your partner to take a few days to regroup before plunging into a job search.
  • Step 3: Review your finances Review your finances together to figure out how you can get by on a reduced income for a while. This will help lower both your stress levels.
  • Step 4: Initiate Initiate intimacy. Your partner is no doubt feeling a loss of self-esteem; making them feel wanted, attractive, and loved will provide a big ego boost.
  • Step 5: Have some fun Find low-cost or free ways for the two of you to spend time together and have fun. It will help both of your moods from sinking.
  • FACT: Four out of five of the 2.4 million Americans who lost their jobs in 2008 were men.

You Will Need

  • Sensitivity
  • A review of finances
  • Intimacy
  • Fun

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