Unemployment and job instability can easily cause havoc in a person’s well-being.
And now that millions of people have suddenly lost their jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic, it wouldn’t be surprising that some of them would experience depressive symptoms as they face new struggles.
Dr. O. Christina Nelsen, a psychologist, even shares that they’ve actually observed something called ‘unemployment depression’ in clients who just quit or lost their job. This emotional response to a stressful situation can be made worse by the isolation many people are in during the pandemic.
If you’re among the many who’s currently dealing with unemployment depression, here are some steps you can take today to improve your mental health.
Getting professional help has become even harder these days as social distancing guidelines prevent people from seeing their therapists. Of course, there’s also the fact that some are now unable to afford to go to therapy altogether.
Still, you can find affordable options to help you get through the tough times you’re facing. Consider searching for local clinics, organizations, and even universities that may offer free services. You can also consult with your insurance provider about both in-network and out-of-network therapists they can recommend.
Lean on People
Just because you can’t physically be with your family or friends right now doesn’t mean that you can’t reach out to them. Try socializing more even if you’re feeling tempted to isolate yourself emotionally because of what you’re going through.
After all, people are social beings and need connection with others to survive and thrive, Nelsen said.
A New Perspective
Much of the battle against depression happens within, so it’s important to constantly work on yourself. Start by creating or rediscovering a view of who you are as a person that isn’t solely reliant on your job.
And don’t underestimate the power of thinking positively. Instead of wallowing in negative thoughts about being a failure, prop yourself and remind yourself about what’s going right like you having several marketable skills and a good job history.
Small Steps Forward
One good way of recovering from unemployment depression is by becoming employed once again. However, the task of job searching may feel a bit overwhelming right now.
Dividing it into more manageable steps may help you pace yourself effectively. You can begin by simply updating your resume or LinkedIn page and even go out for a walk to clear your head first.