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Unemployment: dealing with emotions

Updated: May 19, 2020

If a change in life has been unplanned, such as the death of a loved or being diagnosed with a serious illness, then a person can sometimes feel out of control and can get frustrated and feel resentful at having to adjust to change.


Unfortunately there are events that occur in life that are not planned. For example, if a person who has worked all of their life all of a sudden becomes unemployed, this can have a serious impact of the person's well-being:

  • The person may question their self-worth, self-esteem and self-confidence as they feel rejected by their employer.

  • The person could feel resentment towards the employer as they feel it wasn't fair that the employer chose them to lose their job and not someone else.

  • The person may experience feelings of guilt and sadness that they did not do a good enough job for the employer.

  • The person may develop emotional health issues, such as depression, if the person was to sit around the house without motivation or if the person was not successful in getting another job.

Managing reactions and emotions to these changes allows the person to develop personally and also develop their self-concept as they understand how to manage and react to certain emotions.


How could a person deal with becoming unemployed?

A person could:

  • talk to friends and family. Sharing and discussing what they feel could help them understand their feelings, manage and work through this change.

  • talk to someone who has been through a similar experience as this can be comforting to the person that all will be okay and that someone has been through this before.

  • seek professional support, by speaking to a GP, if the change is causing emotional health problems such as anxiety or stress. A GP could advise on the appropriate steps to take to help the young person.

  • try to accept change and take the opportunity to re-train or take up a new hobby or start a new career/job that is different from what the old job was.

  • enjoy the challenges and excitement of the change to see what other opportunities may happen as a result of this change.




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