Overcoming unemployment anxiety

Being unemployed can cause a lot of stress and anxiety, especially with the financial effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although job hunting is challenging right now, it’s good to remember that things will not always be like this. Here are a few ways to deal with unemployment stress and anxiety.

Don’t be too hard on yourself

Be kind to yourself. It is normal to feel anxious, disappointed and angry at yourself and the circumstances but beating yourself up over things that you have no control over is not going to help you in any way. Prioritise self-care and practice positive affirmations to help you feel good about yourself.

Don’t lose focus

Don’t allow these tough times to make you quit. Think of things that you can do to stand out and improve yourself. For example, you could volunteer at an NPO to gain work experience while lending a helping hand, improve your CV, or learn a new skill. Do some research on free online learning tools that you can use to better yourself.

Know that you are not alone

Being unemployed is frustrating, but you can find a little bit of comfort in knowing that there are lots of other people out there who know exactly what you are going through. There’s no shame in talking to someone, like me, if you are feeling depressed or anxious.

Have a plan of action

Anxiety gets worse when you feel like you don’t have control over a situation. Keeping a daily routine and creating a long-term plan can help you feel a little more in control of things. Your plan will also help you stay motivated and keep a positive spirit even when you are feeling a little bit discouraged. Your plan should also include different alternatives, like finding jobs you can do online and entrepreneurship opportunities.

Being unemployed can take its toll on anyone, but there are ways to deal with this anxiety and frustration. Remember to take care of yourself, you are still worthy of self-love, health and happiness. If you need someone to talk to, you can always reach out to me.

If you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Messagea Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).

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