Angry because of unemployment
Dealing with job loss leaves people with two main issues, being unemployed, and usually angry about the situation and the lack of a quick fix.
What Causes the Anger?
While it is simple to say that you are angry while dealing with job loss, it is not always simple to say why. A few reasons would include:
- An onset of frustration and anxiety about the situation
- Fear of the unknown and the future
- Resentment over how your income was lost
- Dealing with self-worth issues as well as issues of being the household 'provider'.
But does the anger help? In most cases yes, anger helps you move on, and get motivated. How?
- Anger helps you set limits and boundaries
- Anger helps you become more assertive when trying to accomplish things
- Anger helps you to focus on the current situation or problem.
Don't Push the Anger Down
As with many problems, dealing with job loss can bring a whole list of issues to deal with. Repressing the anger can cause multiple health issues and make dealing with job loss harder. Repressing anger can bring high or higher levels of:
- Stress - keeping the anger held inside creates stressful situations tensions
- Resentment - feelings of 'why them and not me?'
- Self pity - repressing anger can lead to feeling sorry for yourself because you are trapped in the current situation
- Depression - not handling emotions can cause physical and clinical states of depression
- Anxiety - the more you keep yourself bottled up, the more worried you become over how to handle the problems you face
- Lack of concentration - trying not to feel angry means you can't focus on dealing with the job loss
- Physical illness - it has been shown over time that holding in emotions causes physical symptoms in the body.
When dealing with job loss, focus on as few problems as possible. Not dealing with emotional issues can create issues that slow you down if not overwhelm you. If you deal with the anger from the beginning, much of the overall severity of the situation will be reduced.
Things to do About the Anger
So what do you do with the anger? There are helpful physical and mental ways to deal with anger. You should let it out without doing any damage to anyone or anything around, and including, you.
- Find cushions and punch away at them,
- Sit in a car with the windows up and scream.
- Run, actually go out and run until your body is exhausted. The anger is usually gone by then as well.
- Cry. This is an honest release and does work.
- Tear apart old newspapers or phone books. Get the aggression out of your system.
- Find some physical activity that allows you to concentrate on it alone.
Dealing with job loss is a problem within itself. Dealing with the anger properly helps in a faster solution to finding a new direction.