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4 Steps To Improve Your Mental Health If You Just Lost Your Job

Millions of people are experiencing the shock, sadness, and anxiety of losing their jobs due to the economic effects of coronavirus confinement.

These feelings can be referred to as situational responses or situational depression. Many people experience symptoms of unemployment depression even after quitting their job.

You are not the only person feeling this difficult mix of emotions if the coronavirus epidemic has forced you to lose your job. This article will provide a brief overview of the “unemployment depression” and the steps you can take to deal with it.

We can be independent but also single. Unemployment is a clear example of this.

Today, we don’t need to interact with others to fulfill our needs.

You can think of ordering food to go, shopping online for clothes, and working remotely. The thread that ties all these activities together is one’s income. The thread that binds your life, whether it is losing your job or quitting your job with no other partner in the home, can be pulled.

Your mind will go into survival mode if you don’t have a job, or a community that can help you.

The neurophysiological system of the brain will start to activate. It all boils down to bio-survival: “Well, will I survive?” Can I eat? Do I have a shelter?

People, particularly those who live alone or are single, don’t have much contact outside of work. A large portion of a person’s social circle is lost when they lose their work friends.

Depression is more common in people who are not employed. Symptoms are even worse for those who have been unemployed for more than six months. The University of Leipzig in Germany found that older workers and those who have been unemployed for a long time are more likely than the rest of us to experience depression. A 2015 study found that young people aged 18-25 who are unemployed have a three-fold higher chance of developing depression than their working counterparts.

Your work is what defines you

It is generally believed that your work determines who you are.

Consider how conversation flows between strangers. “What are you doing for a living?” This is often the first question people ask.

These types of questions can be considered rude in some cultures. Your job is what your do, not who you are. This is false. There are so many other interesting facts about you.

Here are some ways to deal with the “unemployment crisis.”

1. Professional help

Unemployment depression is similar to true depression and can trigger depressive episodes in those who are more susceptible to clinical depression. Clinical depression can manifest as a lack of energy, mood disorders, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, difficulty feeling pleasure, insomnia, and appetite disorders. It is crucial that you seek immediate help from a therapist or mental healthcare professional if you are experiencing difficulties.

It can be hard to find a therapist that is affordable, but there are many options. You can find local clinics, universities, and funded centers that offer free services. These are usually run by graduate students who have been licensed by professors.

2. Do not be afraid to reach out to your friends and offer support on social media.

It is possible to be isolated, especially if it is because you are embarrassed by not having a job. However, it’s important to keep in touch with others.

Humans are social creatures, and we all need to be connected in order to thrive.

You can meet up with a group, take part in an activity not related to work, sign up for a class or call an old friend.

3. Change your narrative

It is not necessarily bad to identify yourself solely by your work. But, you shouldn’t identify yourself only by your work. Be aware of who you are beyond your job and the narratives you tell about yourself.

Instead of thinking you are “a failure” and that nobody wants you to hire, think about how you can counter this with thoughts like “I have a lot to offer as well as a lot of experience.”

4. Divide the day into smaller tasks

You can break down the most difficult tasks, such as finding a job, into smaller steps.

A list of at least two things you should do every day is a good idea. You could update your LinkedIn profile, resume, or go for a walk.

Reduce the complexity of your situation and find ways to relax, regain control over your self and make connections with others.

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My name is Debra Cargill, I live in my home in Springfield, Massachusetts and have been looking for new direction in my life. I started blogging recently and I've discovered a new passion in life. This blog is all about health, wellness, life issues and about lifestyle in general where I cover a broad range of topics on the subjects....

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