Why is job loss so stressful?
Job loss is stressful because often 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. They often give us structure, purpose, and meaning.
In addition to the loss of income, losing a job also comes with other losses, which are very difficult to face:
- Loss of your professional identity
- Loss of self-esteem and self-confidence
- Loss of your daily routine
- Loss of purposeful activity
- Loss of your work-based social network
- Loss of your sense of security
Losing your job forces you to make quick changes, which can leave you feeling upset, angry or depressed. Remember grieving the loss of your job and adjusting to unemployment can take time. Try to accept your feelings and don’t be hard on yourself. Think of your job loss as a setback and remember Most successful people have experienced major setbacks in their careers but have turned things around by picking themselves up, learning from the experience, and trying again. This happened for me and can happen for you.
.It’s important to reach out to others even though your natural reaction at this difficult time may be to withdraw from friends and family out of shame or embarrassment. The person you talk to doesn’t have to be able to offer solutions; they just have to be a good listener, someone who’ll listen without being distracted or judging you. It’s also important to keep yourself busy. If you spend most of your time doing something productive it will help you to feel better.
Remember to take good care of yourself and even though it might seem like things won’t get better after a job loss, try not to give up hope.