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Emotions, Stress, and Depression

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I've been through a lot of emotions in the last few weeks, since I have been unemployed. I don't feel "special" or unique, because I know there are a lot of people unemployed right now, and many worse off than I am. But that doesn't negate the emotions that go along with it.

This morning, I had the pleasure of reading this article: www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/wellness_articles.asp
?id=98
, which I found to be inspirational. Also of great help has been a couple of workshops that I have attended at our local "Workforce Solutions" Center. That's basically the state employment center. They just try to put a positive spin on the name.

They have contracted with a healthcare company to come in and give some workshops on stress management and career transition. The one on stress management last week was very helpful. I knew I needed something like that, just because of the many moods I was finding myself in on a daily basis. Just like the article above described, I find myself having really good days where I am up emotionally. But then the very next day could be the total opposite. And it doesn't seem to be totally related to the job search. Some days that I have a relatively productive day, job-hunt-wise, turn out to be downers, and for no apparent reason.

There have been multiple times where I have felt like bursting into tears for no reason at all, which is a sign of either depression or pregnancy. Pretty sure I'm not pregnant. That would be groundbreaking news. All of this, I'm sure, is related to the fact that I'm jobless.

Yesterday, I attended another session with the same person that was related to career transition, but it was more of a "support group" format. We picked a topic out of a handful of cards. The topic was "pressures." There was one other person there yesterday, so we had a nice discussion on what types of pressures we were experiencing, due to our jobless state. And it was very helpful. It was kind of like going to a therapy session, except it was free (well....except that our tax dollars pay for it).

What's the point of all this? I guess to say that the article I linked to is absolutely right in the fact that the days will vary. I have good days and bad days. Fortunately, at this point, I think I have more good ones. But I won't give up. And when those bad days come along, I will deal with them the best I know how. My family has been very supportive. In this I am very blessed. That helps a lot. It also helps that I seem to be able to identify when I'm not having a good day. That helps me develop strategies along the way to try to deal with that.

In the middle of all of this, I now have this community of SparkPeople to help motivate me. This helps in multiple ways. One is that there are people a lot like me out there, working to create a better self, a healthier person. We are all determined to make it work, a little bit at a time. So the motivation is high. I guarantee that if I posted anything that even sounded like I was about to give up, I would receive dozens of encouraging responses! And I would do the same for anyone else, as well.

So I will look those bad days right in the face and refuse to give up.

Grace and peace, friends.

Jeff
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SIXTEES 7/27/2010 10:15AM

    Good post .
My husband has been out of work for 16 months and has pretty much the same emotional ups and downs. He wonders if he'll ever get a job. (He worked for his last employer for 20 years). For him, playing golf 3 days a week is a stress releaser.
I know that it's not that much of a comfort to know your are not alone - but it's kind of eerie how many over-50 people I know out of a job.
Hang in there
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CHRISTAN6 7/27/2010 9:02AM

    I am glad to here that you are not giving up. It's great that your family is being supportive. You knwo those workshops can really help and give you the understanding you need to know it is okay. The fact that you are unemployed is nothign against you personally, so many people are in the same boat. I am currently looking for work too but have been a stay at home mom for the past 5 years. So hang in there and soke up the knowledge and help that the workforce center is giving you.
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RAINBOWFALLS 7/27/2010 8:00AM

    It is nice that they have workshops available. I'm sure it is not easy going through this and I'm gald you are talking and writing about it. I'm sure that will be helpful. Best of luck I hope something turns up soon for you.

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MRE1956 7/27/2010 7:54AM

    BTDT more times than I care to think about (and am just about to go through another phase) - here's wishing you all the best!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/27/2010 7:30AM

    I applaud yo in searching for ways to encourage and motivate yourself! There are lots in your same boat I'm sure, but each of you ARE unique in so many ways!

We never understand at the time why things happen in our lives at the time, but after we can see the what is is we were supposed to learned.

I hope and pray your situation gets better soon.

Hang in there.
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GEMINI-SKY 7/27/2010 7:28AM

    Good Morning, Be like the Frog and Keep trying. We are ALL here for YOU ! ! ! It WILL all work out.

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NANN66 7/27/2010 7:25AM

    I am praying for ya!!! Be strong!! We are here for you!!!

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