How to Deal With Unemployment Stress

Although no one wishes of getting laid off, it seems to be a common occurrence with the current recession we are in. It can certainly be difficult to deal with and can be quite stressful. There are some things that can help you deal with the stress of getting laid off.


The first thing you need to do is tell yourself it is not your fault. It can be easy to get down on yourself and fall into a depressive state. However, there is nothing more difficult than looking for a job when you have no confidence whatsoever. If you are going to get that next job you have to believe in yourself and what you have to offer.


As soon as you have rebuilt your confidence, start updating your resume and get it out the door.  You have no chance of getting a job if companies do not know about you. This is precisely why you need to be working on getting your resume to as many companies as possible. Even if it takes you 50 applications to find a job, at least you will have found one unlike those who are banking on one particular job.


Something that you are going to have to deal with when getting laid off is listing your sources of income. You still have to pay the bills and put food on the table and this is not as easy as it is when you have a job. Think about how far you can stretch your severance package, how far your spouse’s income will go in covering expenses, and what kind of job you may have to settle for in order to pay the bills.


You are going to have to learn to prioritize all of your expenses. If you have house payments try to keep up with these first. Mortgage companies are foreclosing houses left and right these days. Outside of rent, water, power and insurance are going to be the most crucial payments you make. Although you may be used to your five dollar Starbucks, you are going to have to cut back on these luxuries.


The last tip to help you deal with the stress of getting laid off is to get out of the house as much as possible. Sitting around and watching television is only going to keep your current situation on your mind 24/7. Instead, get out and exercise, work on some home projects, or take the kids to the park. Whatever you can do to get out of the house, do it.

Source by John Patankia