“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts and to be assured that our questions are just as important as our answers.”
-Fred Rogers

This is the follow up post for Follow Your Own Advice

Excerpt from the post –

“I realized that I needed to follow my own advice to deal with the stress and anxiety I experience…….I’ll begin by following the few suggestions I wrote in the blog post. Once I am done then and then only I’ll post it.”


When you are unemployed, being unemployed is not your only problem! Unemployment brings along a lot of other issues to cause endless misery in our lives.

The stress and anxiety is so immense that every second of every minute feels heavy with worrisome thoughts.

Unemployment makes us feel hopeless by casting a deep shadow over the possibility of a future. To experience stress and anxiety due to this, is only natural.

There are a few things we can do to reduce the stress and anxiety which results from being out of employment. The most important thing you can do in this situation is believe unemployment is not the end of everything. It is a big thing but it is one thing. It is a single aspect of your life, not your whole life!


Here is a list of six simple but effective things that you could do to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment-

1. Accept what you can’t reject!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
“Acceptance”

If you feel unemployment is the worst thing to happen to you, accept the worst has happened. When you accept the worst has already happened, it will lose it’s power over you. Acceptance will free you and take off of your  shoulders more than half the burden.


2. Do the things you always wanted to!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
Meet my plants🌾

You don’t have a job but you have lots of time. Spend time pursuing the hobbies that you couldn’t before. Paint your masterpiece, learn to play the guitar, start gardening, go trekking or write a blog. Inspire yourself to be as creative as you can, it will give you new perspective to life.


3. Think something thoughtful!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
Cooking for & eating with family!

We don’t always realise how much pain our misery will cause to our loved ones. May be we can try and be stronger for their sake. Think of something nice to do for others, cook dinner or help to cook dinner to show your appreciation.


4. Read good books!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
Read A Book! Any Book!

Read some books, pick any book you would enjoy reading. Reading is a very positive activity and will refresh your tired mind. If you can find a book that you can relate to your own life, that book would be the perfect book to read. I also suggest pick a great mystery book and then shift to reading a good non fiction self help book.


5. Work on self development!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
Learn a new skill or improve the one you already have!

We have plenty of extra time that unemployment has given us, we should put that time to good use. Learn a new skill or improve the ones you already have. Internet has opened up before us a sea of knowledge. Use this resource and hone a new set of skills. You can even sign up for a free online course, edx is a good option for such courses.


6. Search ‘how to’ blogs!

How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment
How to do ‘literally’ anything!

Lol! There are so many great inspirational how to deal with pretty much everything blogs on the web. While you’re searching if you happen to find this blog (no chance) please let me know.


Conclusion –

If you are facing the jobless situation, it is bound to give rise to anxiety in day to day life. Life is difficult and full of problems whether one is or isn’t jobless. Once you accept life and everything life brings with it- the good, bad and ugly, life will be much more easy to endure.

There is stress and anxiety from unemployment or any other major life problem for that matter, but there is also some if not many ways to deal with that stress and anxiety.


I hope my small effort to ‘deal with stress and anxiety’ through this article was helpful.
Please share how you deal with stress and anxiety of daily life!

Please share your thoughts on this!

Thank you, Educated unemployed Indian blog

101 thoughts on “How to deal with stress and anxiety from unemployment

  1. A simple thought from one who has retired – when you are unemployed hobbies are a good way to keep your spirits up while seeking your next job. Photography is a nice hobby but can be expensive. Observational hobbies can be cheaper – birdwatching for example. And you can get involved in nature studies that really benefit our understanding of the world! That makes what you do really worthwhile 🙂

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  2. Wow… If there’s anyone in this position I can recommend this post as it’s well packaged. I endorse this because I have once being in this stage and I did most of what you highlighted. Great and powerful post. Well done

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    1. Thank you so much for the appreciation. Words of encouragement like this always makes me smile with joy, the feedback means a lot to me. Every suggestion I wrote was what I had tried myself & found helpful. Thanks once again. 🙂

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    1. Since you mentioned the Bible I want to share a little experience with you. When I was a teenager I had trouble falling asleep, then I started to read a page of the Bible each night before bed & I slept like a baby. I don’t do that anymore, I don’t know why! But I think I will start doing that again. Thank you for the suggestion & for reminding me of my old connection with the Bible.

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  3. I will be looking forward to reading your posts. I realize the resources afforded you in India are probably very different from mine in the States. But then again, you may see a new opportunity in the developing areas. Best wishes.

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      1. They are always looking for teachers in the states but some of the schools and areas are very rough with a high turn over. If you are a math or science teacher, you have lots of opportunities.

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      2. I know little bit about how rough & difficult it is in some area as you mentioned, I watched a documentary about this topic some time ago. I wish I could but I can’t move from home because we’re a small family & kind of dependent on each other, not (just) financially but in sort of all areas. If you know what I mean!

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  4. Volunteering is a good way to pass some time or even trying for an internship. I don’t know what resources are available for you in India. Are you located near a city or the country? And you are in India?
    When I was unemployed, I found that being a guardian ad litem was helpful and required me to interact with people in the court system. I enjoyed being around the courts, so any kind of interaction might lead you to another direction for a job hunt. I have a paralegal certification which I have never made use of and if I hadn’t been contacted about a teaching position, I might have explored this route.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Your journey sounds amazing. I’m from India, I am trying to do the best with the available resources. The best resource I feel today for anyone anywhere is the Internet. Let’s see where my efforts will take me. I’ll definitely keep you posted 🙂

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  5. Have you or are you able to substitute teach? I do and have . It doesn’t pay great and it helps if you have another job to supplement pay but it keeps you in front of the class and meeting people who might respect your persistence because it does take a driver to substitute teach! You need a bag of creativity, diligence, humor, etc. I hope this helps.

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    1. Yes, it does help. Thank you so much for taking the time out & share your kind thoughts. I find it very encouraging. I haven’t tried substituting teaching but it would be a learning experience. I’ll try to find something in these lines. If I do I’ll share all about it with you.

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  6. I really enjoyed this post. I am on permanent disability and even I feel anxious about not being employed. I definitely relate to a lot of this and I think acceptance is the hardest part. You offered a lot of great suggestions and I am slowly working my way through them. I love reading so that was,my favorite tip hahaha have you read anything good lately?

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for such warm & lovely compliments. I appreciate it. I feel the same about acceptance, it is the first & most difficult step of dealing with stressful situations. I’m glad you like the suggestions I had put together. I love reading too, I’m currently re reading the book thief by Markus Zusak who’s one of my fav authors.

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  7. The above mentioned steps will surely reduce the stress and I often practice few but we can’t ignore the fact that we can’t be unemployed for a long time as we need money to earn our livelihood and once we start thinking about our employment, again stress will come back. Well, I will surely try this.

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  8. I could not find the info…are you a First Nations Indian? Or is your heritage from the many storied and peopled country of India. I thought you were India..Indian..but you mentioned the tortoise/turtle as a spirit animal, a female symbol for woodland tribes.
    In any event, I am sorry you are unemployed, I always found those between times agony, I always filled those days as gainfully as I could but still, it hurts, not bringing in money to support yourself.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your wonderful thought & for being so thoughtful. I appreciate it.
      I am Indian, that tortoise reference is something symbolic of my nature or personality.
      I didn’t know about the woodland tribes using the tortoise as a female symbol, which is very interesting trivia to know. Thanks again for sharing!

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  9. I’m sorry you have found yourself unemployed. This post has helped me feel a little better about my unemployed situation as well, so thank you for sharing. You are a thoughtful person whom I’m sure will find a paid purpose in life soon. Keep up your spirits!

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  10. I was suggested this blog by way of my cousin. I’m not sure whether or not this post is written by means of him as no one else recognise such designated approximately my problem. You’re incredible! Thanks!

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  11. Hi! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a collection of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche. Your blog provided us useful information to work on. You have done a wonderful job!

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    1. Thank you so much Chloe for the appreciation. I don’t generally let people share links to their blog posts because that’s spamming & it’s bad for seo. But your post is an exception since someone might find it useful like I did. Keep up the good work. Best wishes ❤︎

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