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Coping with job loss and unemployment stress

Updated : February 5th, 2021

Our jobs are much more than just the way we make a living and its usual to feel helpless, hurt or angry after losing it. They give us purpose, meaning and influence how we see ourselves, as well as the way others see us. Beyond the loss of income, unemployment also comes with other major losses and is one of the most stressful things you can experience.

These days every newscast includes discussion of wide-scale joblessness and economic crises at home and abroad. The American worker has been taken on a roller coaster ride over the last few years that have left many in a tailspin when it comes to their health and their jobs. Filing for unemployment is one thing, but dealing with unemployment stress is a different kind of challenge.

Dr. Brian associate professor at Argosy University, Seattle says, “An unusually high unemployment rate for a prolonged period of time means that twice as many people are dealing with being unemployed.” “Losing job can mean losing your individuality and the longer that period of unemployment lasts, the more negative effect it can have on your emotional health. There is no stability for job anymore but you can get through stress of unemployment by controlling the situation and focusing on your goals.

As per a study made on the health effects of being long-term laid-off by Kate Strully, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society scholar at the Harvard School of Public Health, “For those who lost their job through no fault of their own, such as an establishment closure, the odds of reporting fair or poor health increased by 54 percent, and among respondents with no pre-existing health conditions, it increased the odds of a new health condition by 83 percent. Even when workers became re-employed, those workers had an increased risk of new stress-related health conditions.”

Dr. Marianne Greenfield, program chair at Argosy University says that the five stages of the grief process are anger, denial, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Those individuals who relate their identity with their job can progress to the point of self-doubt, negativity and hinders their ability to move forward. Moreover, the long-term joblessness can also lead to instances of insomnia, depression and anxiety.

The experts suggest that the unemployed must build a strong network of emotional support. Usual exercise, rest and proper appetite help keep you on track during your job search. Be careful not to self medicate with drugs and alcohol. In this instance, it can be easy to get isolated from others as depression and isolation go hand in hand. As per Greenfield, “Doing something that helps others has a beneficial effect on how you feel about yourself. The meaning and purpose you find in helping others will enrich and expand your life.”

“There is a difference between and having a reaction and having a breakdown,” says Riedesel. It is advisable to consult a professional, if you can’t control the mental and emotional symptoms as a result of unemployment.

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  1. If I’m laid off and I go back to work for three or four weeks and get laid off again do I have to do the one week waiting period before I can collect again?

  2. I was informed by the automated phone system that my claim for last week 06/12/2021 was not processed due to an outstanding issue on said claim. I have tried for four days to reach a human to assist me in this matter. It’s been impossible! Please help.

    1. Anne,

      Wish we could do something for you. This is a private forum. Please continue following up regularly. You can perhaps write them an email.

  3. I am trying to request payments from aug 2015 up until 2017 I never received a debit card and just assumed that I was denied. So i did not request payment but would like to now

    1. Katrina,

      That period is past and you might not be able to claim retroactively. Please write the office an email if you wish to.

  4. Ive provided documents that were needed and i have not receive any type of response i have went without benefits for 6 weeks could someone please contact me

    1. Sondra,

      Please note this is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please follow up with the office directly.

  5. To whom it may concern, Please what is wrong with the site to claim weeks? I am at the Career Source and they said it has been acting up for 2 days. I am frustrated so I can imagine how many others are like me. I was laid off 4/16/2021. My UI is showing active but still under review. Is there anything you need from me to get this going? I will give it to you. Please July rent coming up. I am tapped from asking from family to get me thru now. Please please please any answers for me? I am begging right now. I can not be late on rent or they will not renew my lease when it is time. I can not move, to costly. I have been here for 20 years. Please any suggestions. I will pay back July rent if my UI goes thru. No reason why it shouldn’t. Please help. Thanks again, Kay

    1. Kay,

      It must be a tough time for you. This is a private forum and we do not have access to your claim. Please chase the Office directly.

  6. I just filed for my first weeks benefit and am trying to change the payment method. It does not give me the verify who you are questions?

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