COVID-19: The Psychology of Job Loss and Unemployment Stress
“May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands” Psalm 90:17 (NIV).
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, millions of American workers have lost their jobs. When the pandemic hit, state unemployment programs were unprepared for COVID-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides additional funds for states to expand unemployment benefits to previously eligible workers. Some researchers estimate that many of the layoffs will become permanent. The coronavirus has affected the job market in every state and around the world.
Psychologists note that losing a job often equates to the grieving of a loved one. Looking for and finding a good job can be very daunting in today’s pandemic for individuals from all walks of life. We need the Lord’s favor to rest on us. We also need the Lord’s favor to guide and direct us towards the right place of employment. It might be tempting to give up, but God wants us to be contributing members of society. Praying and asking for His guidance and blessings in our job search will pay off with the highest dividends and rewards. We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts. How should you handle your emotional reactions?
There are many ways that you can take control over the situation with the help of Jesus:
· Accept that COVID-19 is a reality.
· Give yourself time to grieve.
· Talk to your family.
· Give yourself time to adjust.
· Start a journal about your feelings.
· Join a job club.
· Network for new employment