Stress From Unemployment

The number of individuals experiencing stress from unemployment is growing.  Unfortunately, we live in a society where we are defined by our professions.  This becomes evident once the layoff notice is received.  Emotions such as anger, disbelief, guilt, low self-esteem and self-doubt are typically experienced.  I know because I was handed a pink slip back in the day as a ground worker for the airlines.  It’s a lousy feeling.


The added stress of losing a job is leading to an increase in health issues such as high blood pressure, increased heart rate, depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, gastrointestinal problems, respiratory problems and substance abuse.


The good news is that stress from unemployment can be managed.  It’s not easy but it is possible.  The most important item in the equation is you.  You must take care of yourself first before you can address anything else.  Make sure you are eating properly, drinking enough water and exercising daily to help burn off some of that nervous energy.    Idle time is your enemy.  Try to fill your schedule with anything to maintain some form of routine.  Schedule your breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Need to mail a letter?  Put that on your schedule.  If you pray, schedule it.  Anything you need to do during the day, schedule it.  This will help give you a visual in terms of your days.  You will see that you are filling your days even though you are not at your previous job. 


You can also focus your energy on your job search or use this time to consider starting your own business.  It doesn’t have to be a large undertaking.  Start small and see where it takes you - one never knows!  You may also want to consider volunteering.  Knowing that you are helping others will help give you a sense of purpose as well as give you a break from thinking about your own problems.


There are numerous support groups for those of us dealing with stress from unemployment.  These groups are a great way to meet others who are experiencing the same challenges.  They are also a great way of networking.  You will be meeting new people with whom you can pass along your resume and possible employment contacts.  At the very least, you may experience some relief in knowing that you are not alone in your challenge.


I hope you have found this information helpful.  I wish you peace and prosperity!


- Ted Stefanski


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