Unemployment Causes Stress, Job Search is Stressful

Everything You Must Know About Unemployment Stress – And 5 Stress Management Tips to Consider

As someone who’s on the search for your next position, you’re likely experiencing stress. After all, you’re going through it: your life has changed. You no longer have a stable source of income, you’re struggling to find a job, you’re living your ‘new normal.’

You’ve reached the point of exhaustion with your unemployed life. Still, stress aside, you’re focused on getting a job fast. You feel you can’t stop and calm down because you need money now.

But, please, reconsider this feeling. I’ve been there. And believe me: stopping to calm down and manage your stress isn’t a bad thing to do, when done in a healthy manner.

Losing a job (or role) and finding a job is stressful. When it comes to looking for employment, 83% of global working adults feel the job search is stressful, according to the results of a HIRED study. Imagine the percentage rate among those unemployed.

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How to Mentally Survive the Christmas Holiday Season When You Have No Job

I’m sure you’ll agree with the following statement: surviving the Christmas holiday season with an uplifted spirit is hard, when you’re unemployed.

It reminds you: you’ve gone through the year, without a job offer in sight. It also reminds you of your tight budget, which makes it impossible to buy wonderful gifts for your loved ones.

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How to Mentally Survive the Christmas Holiday Season When You Have No Job. Creative Commons Pixabay Original Photo Courtesy of WDnetStudio. Edited by Priscilla.

I won’t even go into its ability to bring feelings of failure and cycles of comparing your career (and yourself) to others.

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Boost Your Resilience in Unemployment with These 5 Strategies

“Less than half (48 percent) of participants functioned as usual after losing a job, with most people taking several years to return to normal life.”

These results come from a research study conducted by Psychologists Frank Infurna and Suniya Luthar of Arizona State University, as reported by Medical Daily.

This study’s findings differ significantly from prior research on this same subject. It shows some people are less resilient than others.

When you lose a job or role, wide-ranging emotional reactions take off. It isn’t hard to break under your pressures and, ultimately, give up.

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Unemployment? 5 Helpful Tips for Easing Your Frustration

Some moments it hits hard.

You’re juggling multiple responsibilities and pressures, personally and professionally. With so many things going on, you’ve become overwhelmed emotionally.

There are many hats to wear daily. In the job search alone, you wear 6 hats, as noted by Skye Berry-Burke, Founder of Skye Is the Limit Resume and Career Solutions:

  • Business Owner.
  • Public Relations and Social Media Specialist.
  • Marketing Guru.
  • Sales Professional.
  • Writer/Editor.
  • HR Representative & Hiring Manager.

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Staying Healthy While Unemployed

11 Healthy Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Unemployment

We already know: research links unemployment and poor health.

For the person experiencing long-term unemployment, the risk of poorer health increases. When you’ve been job searching for a lengthy period with no job offer, you face several impacts:

Dwindling Money.

Increasing Financial Obligations.

Failing and Disappearing Relationships/Friendships.

Looming Uncertainty.

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11 Healthy Ways to Take Care of Yourself During Unemployment. Graph Provided Courtesy of Pew Research Center.

Without question, these things affect you. It’s important, however, to care for your health and well-being despite your circumstances.

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What You Should Know About These ‘Moods for Living’

Why waste time applying when there’s so much competition for jobs and not enough jobs to go around?

I’ve been out of a job for much longer than 6 months, so I’ll never land a job in (or out) of my field.

I’ve been struggling in my job search for too long. What’s wrong with me? I must work harder.

Do you feel this way? Or, have you ever felt this way?

If so, then I understand your frustration.

Believe me.

Interested in knowing something though?

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