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Down Time: Dealing With Unemployment Depression

Down Time: Dealing With Unemployment Depression

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Written by Robert Shindell   
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Down Time: Dealing With Unemployment Depression
Feeling of Hopelessness
Focus on Getting Over Your Job Loss
Keep Busy
Get Your Car Washed
Exercise Regularly
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You just lost your job and your world has literally crumbled down around you. What's that smoldering over in the corner? Oh, just your dreams. Right next to the pile of rubble that used to be your retirement. Yeah, losing your job can certainly have an effect on the horizon of your life. But like the fire that ravages the forest, it's important to remember that losing a job can sometimes be a good thing - clearing the brush away and promoting new growth.

Now, just tell yourself that ten - make it twenty - times...

 


 

 

One of the worst parts about losing a job, aside from the substantial loss of money, is that feeling of hopelessness, futility, and utter failure. In fact, losing a job is a lot like getting a divorce. The only difference is that, after a divorce, your therapist will tell you to wait a month for every year you were married before you start dating. When you lose a job, you've got to hit that pavement right away and look for a new job (there are bills to pay). But there are ways of combating feelings of depression and defeat; there are ways to lift yourself back up again. Because, just as the rank smell of desperation can send potential dates scampering away, it'll certainly do you no favors in the interview room.

 

*** Job Seeker Tip: Read how one job-seeker survived his unemployment ***

 


 

 

The important thing is to focus on getting over your job loss depression. Yes, the world feels like it's caving in on you. But it isn't. In fact, the world is very much unchanged, and the only noticeable difference is that you don't have a job anymore. However, it's understandable that getting back on the horse may not be the thing to brighten your spirits at this moment. A lot of people go through that, and solutions for post-job loss depression range from the very simple to the ornately intricate.

 

*** Video Tip: Dealing with the Stress of Unemployment ***

 


 


The first step is to keep busy. Know where you stand, know how much money you have and how long it'll support you. Look at this as an opportunity to catch up on yard work. Trim the hedges. Mow the grass. Do all kinds of accounting work. Vacuum the living room. It's important to fill that space between phone calls and job interviews with something. It's far too easy to give into the temptation to open a bottle of self-pity and get rip-roaring drunk off it. So, there's no shame in treating the running of errands like a 9-5 job. It keeps your mind off things which you really have no control over, and that's a good thing.

 

*** Job Seeker Tip: Do you know the "Five Steps to a successful Job Persuit?" ***

 


 

 

Unfortunately, while you're running all those errands, your car might get a little dirty. Oddly enough, getting a car wash can do wonders for your spirit, especially if it's been a while since your poor, clanking vehicle has had one. There is no debate that, in America especially, your car is a huge indicator of your social status. This is why people are willing to spend tens of thousands of dollars more on big names like Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. The idea here is that when you get your car washed, you'll actually make your vehicle look sleeker and newer - it might even look a bit sexier. This can, in effect, make you feel a lot more confident, whether driving to the post office in your pajamas (to drop off your resume in the mail, of course) or to a job interview in a suit.

 


 

And, when you aren't driving, you can walk, or run. It's important for your mental sanity that you either begin or continue to exercise regularly. If you run every day, keep up the routine. If you've always found yourself too busy for exercise - hey - guess what? You've got plenty of time for it now. Exercising releases chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. Essentially, this is the chemical they make morphine out of - and it gives you a natural high. In this way alone, exercising can give you an added - and needed - boost every day, not to mention the fact that it helps reduce stress all on its own.

 

*** Video Tip: Get Fit, Lose Weight, Make Money ***

 

The point is that losing your job is far from a hopeless situation. The battle may be lost, but the war is not over, and it's important, after being let go, fired or quitting, to keep an eye on the the big picture. It's not easy keeping depression away after you lose a job - it's like any other kind of rejection, and in some ways perhaps more profound because it's professional, rather than personal. During such a troubling time it's important to keep your head held high, give yourself plenty to do, and, above all, persevere.

 

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