Mental Traumas and Job Recession
In the present economic instability the cases of recession are not a surprise for anyone. Very often these traumatic situations can cause a shock and having hard time, when negative experience does not let to solve everyday actual problem with proper sobriety. But psychologists studied this problem long ago and if we are aware of what is happening we can get over the trauma easier.
Phase 1. – Phase of uncertainty and shock. This usually happens when the job loss happened unexpectedly (because of staff recession, quarrel with leaders etc). What is more aggravating in this case is that being depressed and frightened, the person becomes even more exposed to illnesses and various unpleasant situations.
Advice: Try to keep a philosophical state of mind. Even if this unpleasant situation has happened to you, try to keep equanimity and understand that situations of this kind do happen but life continues.
Phase 2. – This phase is characterized by general subjective facilitation and psychological adaptation to the situation. The person starts perceiving the situations more clearly, starts enjoying free time, the fact that there is no need to bear traffic jams during rush hours and to get up early. Looking for a job at this phase results to be more efficient than in the previous one – self-esteem is restored and the necessary mental balance is reestablished.
But sometimes stressful situation does not pass so easily and then the trauma goes on to its next phase.
Phase 3. – The phase of general aggravating. If a person has remained unemployed for 6-7 months, his financial and social situation becomes worse. Especially destructive are constant misfortunes when the person finds out some vacancies and then fails to get them for one reason or another. The range of interests reduces as well as general activity, and the remaining energy for overcoming the situation becomes less and less.
Phase 4. – Phase of helplessness and reconciliation with the present situation, which can be noticed even if there are no material problems (when the person gets dole or pension). The state of apathy grows with every day and the absence of minimum hope to find a job brings to the total loss of hope. Getting out of the habit to work intensively the person looks for excuses not to look for a new job, to come late for interviews etc. The sooner such destructive behavior is noticed – the better it is.
Ways Out from the Vicious Circle
Very often people, getting into a difficult situation start avoiding those who can help them and become very reserved or ashamed of what happens to him. But emotional support from the side of your relatives, friends and acquaintances can become a real remedy.
Social services can render you psychological support as well as help to find some temporal job. Having a casual job due to the psychological studies reduces depression risk a lot. Minimal economical and mental stability prepares the base for a new job search.
Try to stop rolling negative scenarios in your head. Be positive. Try to forget about your misfortunes and outline the advantages of your present situation. Think about possible solutions for the future progress.