Currently, in the world in which we live, the loss of a job can be one of the most stressful situations, and even traumatic that a person can live , along with the loss of a family member or a breakup; directly affecting all areas of his life, both socially and psychologically. In most cases this involves a radical change in your daily tasks and if you do not get back to work within a certain period of time it can cause depression.

What can cause a person to lose their job?

The unpleasant situation of finding ourselves in a situation of unemployment, for whatever reason, a dismissal, a regulatory file or the termination of the contract, can cause a multitude of feelings, difficulties, and even illnesses, beyond the loss of income.

If we refer to the feelings that this can provoke , we can mention the following:

    • Feeling of anger, either with yourself or with your boss, colleagues, workplace, etc.
    • Feelings of emptiness and worthlessness : It is very common for the person who has just been fired or has just lost their job to feel empty, incomplete, etc.
    • Feeling of frustration: If the person does not understand the reason for their loss, they may show frustration, as well as if they cannot get another job within a certain time.
    • Feelings of sadness , since the person depended on that job to maintain their standard of living, enjoyed it or it was their way of disconnecting, etc.
  • Fear or insecurity : In some cases, this event can make the person feel insecure when it comes to doing another job, being afraid of doing it wrong, of not being enough, of losing it again or not finding another, etc.

If we refer to the difficulties on a physical level that job loss can cause , we can talk about:

    • Changes in sleep habits, such as insomnia, parasomnia or hypersomnia.
    • Loss or increase of appetite as the main reason for anxiety.
  • Muscle aches, headaches, general malaise, etc.

If we refer to what can cause psychological unemployment :

    • Depression and all that this entails, if in a long period of time you cannot get another job. Sometimes it can lead to eating disorders, phobias, etc.
    • Stress or anxiety, as a consequence of said loss and the sudden change that it entails.
    • Social isolation, either because the person believes they are inferior to the rest for having lost their job, they feel empty and want to be alone, they do not know how to tell their loved ones what is happening, they feel fear, insecurity, etc.
    • Decreased self – esteem of the person and worsening of self-concept, since they may feel worthless, guilty or unable to do other work.
  • Loss of identity, either personally or at work: sometimes when a person loses their job they are no longer sure who they are, what they want or what goals they have in their life.

How can I cope with my job loss?

At Bekia we know that facing this situation is not an easy task, so we leave you a series of tips that can help you to overcome this loss and be able to continue with your life in the most normalized way possible:

    • – Ask for unemployment benefit : If you have been working for more than a year with a contract and have been registered with social security and you also meet the requirements that are needed to receive this help, you can apply for unemployment benefit. In this way you can continue to have income with which you will maintain a normalized rhythm of life, while you look for another job. This help is not only financial support, but also moral.
    • – Talk about the issue with your loved ones : We know that in many cases facing and telling this problem to the people around you can be very difficult, scary or cause insecurity, but talk about the situation you are living and the difficulties that these can Carrying will help you, and by telling it you will feel that you are not alone and that you can lean on someone if you need it. Even your family and friends can help you in your job search.
    • – Think that there are many more jobs : It is important that you are aware that the job you have lost was not the only one in the world, even if you were happy with it and you think it was the best you could have. There are many more that will surely satisfy you at the same level or more, you just have to look for them.
    • – Look for the positive side : It is not easy to be positive when you have just lost your job, but it is important to try, we can get a part of everything that benefits us. To do this, you can make a list of the pros and cons that this entails, break down the cons at the end and be aware of all the good things it can have. For example: More time to spend with yourself or your family, less work stress, the opportunity to find a better job, the opportunity to increase education, etc.
    • – Do not be obsessed : It is very common for people who have just lost their job to become obsessed with finding another as quickly as possible. The best thing is to take it easy and that does not mean leaving it for the last moment, if not looking for a little day by day, without this topic occupying all your time. If they reject you in an interview, do not be overwhelmed, there will be many more and it is better to go safe and without being overwhelmed, otherwise you will give a negative image.
    • – Consider being an entrepreneur : If after a lot of searching you can’t find any job, you can consider starting one of your own. On many occasions this can be scary, but with a little creativity and taking into account the needs of society, entrepreneurship can be a good option. In addition, it must be taken into account that currently there are financial aid for these cases.
  • – If you need it, go to a psychologist , he will help you deal with the situation in the most positive way possible, face the problems that arise, see the pros and cons and act appropriately to get ahead. In the event that you have depression or job loss anxiety, the specialist will prescribe medication to improve your mood.

Elle Mcdonald

I am Elle Mcdonald Specializations in Psychology . Graduated in psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2000. Diploma of Advanced Studies in the Department of Personality, Evaluation and psychological treatments with excellent results.

First Level of Master in Clinical Psychology at the Center for Behavioral Therapists (recognized with a scientific-professional nature by the College of Psychologists)

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