Practical Ways to Dealing with Unemployment Stress and Job Loss
Becoming unemployed is definitely one of the hardest hurdles to overcome. It can be stressful to say the least. It’s really difficult to easily accept the reality of unemployment and not believe its the end of your world.
It’s not the end of the world! Think of it this way, if you’re someone who’s been long dragged into a job that you don’t even like in the first place, would you rather be thankful that you’ve lost it without being fired? Or do you think that loosing this job could give you more time to spend with your family?
Some things happen beyond our control and whether we like it or not, we have to face it. There could be something much better to come; we just have to be as optimistic as possible to see what’s going to unfold.
There’s always a silver lining behind the clouds and we should understand that at some point, these hardships will sooner or later fade and everything will fall into place.
Take Good Care of Yourself. Nobody’s going to get hurt more than yourself if you keep beating yourself up—drinking all day, isolating yourself from your family, getting yourself immobile, etc. instead, take a breather, maintain balance and stop over thinking. Eat right, get plenty of rest, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.
Surround Yourself Only with Positive People. The people whom you should seek support first is your family. Let them get involved with the situation by letting them know how you feel and what they can do to help you out. Open communication is very important in these trying times.
Don’t let pride and shame get into you, instead reach out to people whom you know such as your friends and relatives that might understand your situation and could help you with moral support, guidance or could recommend you with their connections. Network with people more than you did in the past and avoid indulging in self-pity.
Involve the entire family and create a realistic plan. We all know that along side loosing a job includes the burden of managing your finances—paying the bills, mortgage, insurance and the like. That’s why, it’s necessary to keep everyone in the household involved in creating an action plan while a new job is still underway.
Moderate or cut on some of your spending and find ways to save or resources to get extra cash.
Coping with unemployment is definitely a great hurdle in itself. Staying positive, resourceful and patient will go a long way in keeping yourself and your family afloat during these hard times and while there are unemployment benefits that you can take advantage of, it’s still necessary to keep yourself healthy in mind and body.