How are you feeling without a job? Losing a job or a job change is considered one of the highest of life’s stressors. Most people think being fired or laid off is the most stressful. However, quitting or changing jobs is also very stressful. Change, in general is difficult. Approximately one-third of your life changes when you lose or change jobs. It is a change from knowing to not knowing. It is a loss of relationships, an economic change and a schedule change. Even with bad jobs, you knew what to expect and learned how to interact with peers, co-workers and supervisors. Feelings of loss, fear, anxiety, stress, anger or confusion are normal. Sometimes these feelings are increased by partial loss of self due to the loss of competence, financial independence or lack of part of personality. Going through loss stages including denial, anger, fear, bargaining and acceptance is also common. Recognize that any additional stressors such as financial difficulties, relocation, new job, home change or other life events will add to these feelings and either heighten your emotions, cause emotion confusion or prolong the amount of time you deal with the stress.
Overall, give yourself time to make adjustments and feel “normal”. This can take up to a year. Just allow yourself to feel; get support from family, friends or support services. Remember, evnethough a job becomes part of you…you are not less of a person without a job.
For assistance with job placement in Las Vegas, contact:
Salvation Army Family Services: 649-8240
Clark County Social Service: 455-4270
HELP of Southern Nevada: 211
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