Coping with unemployment and the stress of it all
The unemployment rate is hanging around nine and a half percent. This figure is even higher in minority communities. It’s normal to feel scared, lost, depressed and anger after losing a job.The stress of job loss and
unemployment can take a toll on your health. It is important
to take care of yourself. It means looking after your physical
and emotional needs and managing your stress level. Helpguide.org listed several tips to managing a healthy lifestyle while looking for another job:
for managing unemployment stress:
- Maintain balance in your life. Don’t let your job search consume you. Make time for
fun, rest, and relaxation—whatever revitalizes you. Your job search will
be more effective if you are mentally, emotionally, and physically at your
- Make time for regular exercise. Exercise can be a great outlet for stress and worry
while you’re unemployed and looking for work. It is also a powerful mood
and energy booster. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise on most days
of the week.
- Get plenty of sleep.
Sleep has a huge influence on your mood and productivity. Make sure you’re
getting between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. It will help you keep
your stress levels under control and maintain your focus throughout
your job search..
- Practice relaxation techniques. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing,
meditation, and yoga are a powerful antidote to stress. They also boost
your feelings of serenity and joy and teach you how to stay calm and
collected in challenging situations—including job loss and unemployment.
Remember you can get through this tough time by taking care of yourself, reaching out
to family, friends, co-workers, social media and focusing on your goals. Losing your job can also be an
opportunity to reexamine your life, rethink your career goals, and
rediscover what truly makes you happy. So relax, release, rejoice in brighter days ahead!