If you thought being jobless was enough of a problem to handle for the jobless person, you are wrong! There are hundred other things to bother about while one is still jobless. Why?
For one reason, joblessness rhymes with hopelessness. Secondly, unemployment always comes with its entourage.
A jobless person has a lot going on in their minds and even more to worry about in their life. To begin, you have those bills which are piling up while looking out for a job and your future source to pay those bills. This is just one of the many difficulties in the life of a jobless person.
Here is a list of some of the difficulties that you might relate to if you are quite (jobless) like me:
1. Insomnia –
This one is so stubborn, it’s like your best friend from school that you didn’t choose! You try sleeping through those dark cold nights, only the more you try the more you fail.
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2. Anxiety –
These are your thoughts and worries that gives you company but not the pleasant kind. You think about all kinds of things- where my life is, where it’s going, how will I do this and that. These thoughts can escalate very fast and make you lose your peace of mind.
3. Self doubt –
This one is pure evil and the worst of all. Self loathing does more harm than any other aspect of this jobless situation. Whatever you do, don’t give in to the thoughts such as ‘you’re not good enough’, ‘it’s all your fault’, ‘you’re incapable, insufficient, unskilled, unworthy’. None of it is actually true!
4. Depression –
Every jobless person will go through a phase of (hopefully) mild or severe depression. I usually feel depressed between 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. That’s the period of time when I need to snack on some savory delights not because I’m hungry but rather my soul is!
5. Social anxiety –
This is the reason we avoid social gathering or going out in public when not absolutely necessary. It troubles the unemployed to a great extent when they have to reply to queries like; what is going on with your life, did you get a job (red alert), how was the interview, plans?!
6. Financial insecurities –
Even when your pay checks stop coming, your bills will still keep on arriving. Those bills have to be paid at some point! Not having a regular source of income is probably the biggest disadvantage of unemployment.
7. Low self esteem –
Not having a job title attached to your bio can significantly affect a person’s self esteem. People always ask, ‘what do you do?‘ and because of agonizing fear of facing this very question most unemployed choose to avoid people. This consequently results into low self confidence.
8. Social pressure –
Society (in general) is not supportive of people who are not living a life mapped out by the expectations of that society. If you are unemployed, then my friend you are one of those people! Social pressure will follow you until the day you do what was expected of you.
9. Feeling distracted / absent mindedness –
Having a job means you clearly know your daily routine and as a norm you follow that routine. There is little to no scope for distracting yourself. But when you are jobless and in the midst of despair and disappointment, your mind will easily get distracted and absent minded.
10. Falling prey to bad habits –
One of the major drawbacks of unemployment is lack of self discipline. There is a chance that you might start developing bad habits like smoking, drinking, gambling or a minor addiction but equally harmful such as social media addiction. A lot of people get addicted to negative influences during a vulnerable phase in their lives because of high anxiety and lack of motivation.
“When it’s all said and done, the one thing I want to leave on this earth is hope. I have felt hopelessness, and it’s a terrible feeling. Hopelessness will destroy you. I want to bring hope to other people.” ~Paula Deen
These are the ten difficulties that I think a jobless person has to deal with in life. When one thing goes wrong, things start to escalate. I don’t want to sound negative, but that is usually how life goes. But another thing about life is that ‘life goes on.’ And life will go on beyond today’s hopelessness and frustrations.
Joblessness is not easy to handle with all the stress and anxiety of it. One thing does help even in such hopeless circumstances. And that is believing in yourself! Stay strong and motivate yourself not to fall prey to the difficult times. With a positive mindset and a little faith in yourself you will overcome anything, even joblessness.
👉 Can you relate to any of the above difficulties? How do you deal with difficulties in your life?
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About The Author:
My name is Binita and I’m a qualified teacher and have worked as a contractual teacher in several schools. I write a BLOG where I express my opinions, experiences, concern and everything I possibly can think about unemployment and a few other things close to my heart and my life. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.