1/26/2023–|Last updated: 1/26/202310:15 AM (Makkah)
A pandemic, then a war in Europe, and a looming recession. It seems that crises have continued in recent years. And with rising food prices and energy costs, it’s a very bad time for the unemployed.
So it is only natural that people are increasingly worried about losing their jobs. But what can counteract this fear and what can be useful if the worst comes?
Things can get tricky when fear of a potential job loss leads to a negative cycle that causes gridlock. To prevent this, it is best to first deal with what one is afraid of.
It is also helpful to remember how one has managed crises in the past, says Antonio Ara, head of the Occupational Psychology Service of the German Federal Employment Agency in Potsdam.
In this way one can become more aware of one’s own skills and strengths. In this sense, one can ask oneself, “How can these strengths help keep anxiety away?”.-
Reflecting on one’s skills can help mitigate the negative impact of job loss on self-esteem. One can then switch to building on one’s strengths.--
Psychologist Andreas Hemsing also advises finding a sense of fulfillment outside of work, for example by playing sports or spending time with friends and family.
“It is important to seek counter stability,” he adds. This could include volunteering or finding a new hobby.
But if someone actually ends up losing their job, then they should take some time to think about what happened. Then, says Christiane Karsch, a career reorientation coach, one can think about the real reason for the job loss: Was it his own mistakes, or was the dismissal due to external reasons?
And if a person has nothing to do with what happened, then this should not undermine his self-confidence. And if he had a hand in what happened, it could be the beginning of a career reorientation.
In any case, one should not get sucked into a cycle of self-pity. “After sudden unemployment, one can allow oneself a short respite,” says Ara. But it is important for him to move again.”