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Stress Self-Check

Being unemployed puts you under a lot of stress. Here are some of the main causes of the stress of unemployment. Check the ones that apply to you.

  • Loss of wages and benefits
  • Loss of a work family
  • Loss of control in life
  • Years of work not recognized
  • Loss of a daily routine
  • Facing job search rejection
  • Lack of marketable skills
  • Isolation from other people
  • Racial discrimination
  • Sexual discrimination
  • Age discrimination
  • Uncertain economy
  • Not knowing what to expect
  • New role in the family
  • Fear of tests and classes
  • Hassles with bureaucracies
  • Starting over again
  • No medical benefits
  • Lack of respect from family

Stress has an impact on your health. Here are a few of the ways that the stress of unemployment may show up in your life. Which of them apply to you?

  • Getting sick more often
  • Feeling tired all the time
  • Having more headaches
  • Back and stomach problems
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Feeling shaky and dizzy
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart attacks and strokes
  • Sexual problems
  •  Can’t relax without T.V.
  • Increased use of alcohol
  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Not interested in anything
  • Getting angry more easily
  • Feeling out of control
  • Feeling useless and unwanted
  • Feeling powerless
  • Generally depressed

If you have checked more than two boxes in either column, you are probably experiencing the stress of unemployment, and you are not alone.  Everyone who has lost a job experiences many of these same stressors and physical symptoms.

Back to Top Page Last Edited: Tue May 19, 2015 4:24:13 PM
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