The 3 main psychological consequences of unemployment

These are the ways in which unemployment affects us psychologically.

Unemployment is another of the consequences that the pandemic is unfortunately leaving, creating a situation of great wear and tear among the population. At the beginning of the pandemic, we all thought that it would be something temporary and that with a few weeks of confinement it would be solved. But the truth is that the reality is different, and it is taking too long.

In this context, many people have been left without work, and that also has psychological consequences.

The 3 main psychological consequences of unemployment

The psychological impact of unemployment

At first, the loss of employment goes through a shock phase, followed by a certain enthusiasm, because at first, you think about resting and spending more time on the things you like, on a mini-vacation. But then comes the decline, loss of motivation, hopelessness … This process can be triggered by various psychological mechanisms, as we will see.

1. Loss of routines and references on what to do

Work gives us security, stability, gives us a routine, helps us to have a schedule, an organization … which is very good for our mental stability.

The routine helps to generate habits, and with the loss of employment, those habits are also lost and we can begin to acquire other less healthy ones; For example, going to the bar more, drinking or smoking more, promoting addiction to video games, isolation because it shows a certain deterioration in family and social relationships …

2. Wear of self-esteem

All these consequences also affect self-esteem. Because many times, in social gatherings, when others share work topics and anecdotes, they nevertheless feel that nothing has happened to them in their lives. All this generates negative thoughts, unemployed people enter into constant comparisons, and they themselves undervalue themselves, they are insecure in conversations, and they are socially withdrawn.

A certain sloppiness in the image can also happen to them; they neglect to groom, dressing in ironed clothes … all this also contributes to psychological discomfort, which damages self-esteem.

3. Effects of unemployment stress

On the other hand, it should not be forgotten that unemployment is linked to the limitation of material resources. This has a remarkable psychological impact that is expressed rapidly especially in the middle and lower classes, that is, the majority of the population.

The importance of going to therapy

Many people with psychological problems due to unemployment are slow to ask for professional help, and when they come for consultation it is because they have some form of anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, or even unjustified physical fatigue.

Why is it good to go to therapy? When a person is in this situation, you have to work with his thoughts. We must avoid going into these comparisons, the undervaluation … We must learn again to value ourselves to love ourselves, working on motivation and channeling it towards the new job search, new projects and illusions, and work on expectations.

Exercising and setting a schedule are some very important tips for these types of situations. Maintain the habits of when we went to work, take care of ourselves, groom, maintain physical and mental activity, and rest well. It is also very good to meet another person who is in the same situation, to share routines, as well as positive energy.

It doesn’t have to be a negative thing. Many people take advantage of this situation to reinvent themselves, to propose a change of sector, a job improvement, or even set up a new business, a project with which they recover the illusion, even greatly improve their life before unemployment.

The 3 main psychological consequences of unemployment