Dealing with Job Loss
Coping with Unemployment
Dealing with a job loss and coping with unemployment is difficult for job seekers and for some it really is debilitating, To be able to approach your new search it is important to understand what you are going though and how you can manage it.
This section is open to anyone who has articles information and sites to share to help our members get going with their transition and aid them in find a new position.
Here are a number of articles on the American Psychological Association website about unemployment, in case these are of interest (not sure if these are what you are looking for but I’m sending just in case):
Rosanna M. Conti, LAC, CSW, Certified School Counselor, M.A., M.Ed
Coping with Job Loss –
by Rosanna M. Conti, LAC, CSW, Certified School Counselor, M.A., M.Ed
Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living.
They influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us.
Our jobs give us structure, purpose, and meaning.
That’s why job loss and unemployment is one of the most stressful things you can experience.
Beyond the loss of income, losing a job also comes with other major losses, some of which may be even more difficult to face:
You may feel angry, hurt, panicked, rejected and scared.
Many people will experience some or all of the following stages:
It is important to remember that not all people will experience all stages, not all stages will occur in the order listed, and many who experience job loss will go back and forth among the stages before finally reaching acceptance.
If you experience feelings associated with these stages, keep in mind that this is normal, that you can work through these feelings and feel better.
Some people may move through these stages more quickly than others may, and this is normal, too.
However, anyone having great difficulty with the experience, or who is stuck in a certain phase, may need professional help in order to move on.
Studies show that people become more likely to experience depression and anxiety after a job loss.
However, people are more surprised to learn that the stress of job loss or even the threat of job loss can cause an increase in health problems.
Stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, depression, obesity, sleep problems, high blood pressure, digestive problems, chronic pain, migraines, anxiety, autoimmune diseases, and skin conditions, all of which can lead to major health expenses. It’s also known to speed up the aging process.
Because health problems are more likely when under stress, it is especially important that people try to take good care of themselves during this time, even if they don't really feel like doing this
You may even join a job seeker's support group. This is a group that educates people on how to find work. Neighbors-helping-Neighbors USA is such a group and has a strong track record of helping members find work. See Success Stories
Wall Street Journal article I was quoted in.
Holiday’s are particularly bothersome for many. Polls show that almost 90% of Americans feel some kind of anxiety or stress about the holidays.
These feelings can be brought about by many factors, including increased stress and fatigue, unrealistic expectations, too much commercialization, or inability to be with family (or too much family!).
The shopping, out-of-control discretionary spending, decorating, cooking, visiting, and holiday entertaining at home can all add up and cause tremendous pressure on both adults and kids.
You might also be experiencing physical or behavioral side effects, such as:
Some Tips For Managing Your Own Holiday Stress:
Job Loss and Unemployment Stress. Retrieved from: http://www.helpguide.org/life/unemployment_job_loss_stress_coping_tips.htm
Radunovich, H.L. Coping with stress during a job loss. Retrieved from: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1055