Hi Diagonally Parked:
Please don't give up! With your work and life experience, you have something to offer!
I am making a plan for a possible/probable layoff later this year, so I read all of the replies below.
It seems that getting up in the morning, getting some exercise, and then getting smartly if somewhat casually dressed, and made up, is essential. I find even making phone calls is a bit easier if you actually feel professionally attired.
Getting exercise every day, maybe even two or three walks a day. I don't know about you, but so many times I have blamed work for keeping me from getting as much exercise as I would like or should. So while it is a very unwelcome gift, perhaps this gift of time offers some benefits. And time allows for cooking for healthful foods, from basic ingredients, which are more affordable than processed or prepared foods.
And being able to volunteer - do you have any things you wanted to learn about, anybody / thing that tugs at your heart? Another opportunity. Even it doesn't lead to a job, it will get you out, keep you active, make you feel good, and it will fill in the blank on your resume. I would just be certain that your time is used to advantage in whatever opportunity you choose. I have volunteered, and almost every time I showed up, despite checking in advance that there was something to do, found myself waiting for somebody to give me some work. That is demoralizing in itself, and there are so many organizations that actually do need help. So many places are in tough financial straights and having to cut back on paid staff.
Would you be willing to work part-time at anything, just to get yourself out of the home and get some money in? Tim Hortons? Cashier? Bookstore? A friend of mine who was a CA worked at Starbucks and really liked the social aspects of it, and didn't mind the work. If you live in a city with an Ikea, apparently they are a great employer, and hire cashiers and I don't know what else. It is really unfortunate that workers in these customer-facing, low-paying situations are poorly treated, making the jobs less desirable. But there are some good situations.
Do you have any ideas for a small business, services you can offer? Don't discount your ideas. I believe that there are gov't programs for assistance in starting a business, including workshops. I think it is surprising the number of things people are "outsourcing" because they don't know how to do them, don't want to do them, or can't do them. Not an easy route for sure, but maybe there are possibilities there.
I feel for you. My mother lost her job at 50, and struggled afterwards, and I am now 47, and facing unemployment as well. It seems like a very harsh working world now. I feel quite distressed sometimes by the state of our economy, and the state of our society, and employers that feel no responsiblity for or loyalty to, their employees.
Best of luck. Each day is a gift. Many pleasures that can sustain us cost nothing: the early morning quiet, a sunrise, the first cup of coffee or tea, a walk in the crisp fall air, that golden autumn light, the sound of a child laughing, an invigorating shower after a good bout of exercise, chopping vegetables for a soup, a warm, lingering bath, beautiful music, a funny joke. I hope you find your joy and your persistence is rewarded.