In America, the percent of the labor force that is unemployed is 8.7 percent. A recent study is showing the adverse effects unemployment can have on a person. Overall, the unemployed tended to have higher levels of depression than their employed counterparts. However, the study also showed that people who go from unemployment to a poor-quality job are actually more depressed when employed than when unemployed. The depression can strike whether you have a poor quality job or are struggling to find work, so what can you do to avoid the no-job blues?
- Get plenty of sleep. It’s been shown that people who get a full night’s rest (seven to eight hours a night) are not only more alert but less depressed.
- Work out. Use some of your newly acquired free time to hit the gym. The endorphin rush that will fill you will make you feel more positive.
- Change your diet. You are what you eat, but what you eat could be affecting you mentally. Foods rich in vitamin B like spinach, garlic, peppers, cauliflower and turnip greens can have a positive impact on your mood.
- Go offline. You may be scouring Craigslist looking for that perfect job, but there have been links to extended Internet use and a rise in depression. Getting out in the real world and securing interviews in person might be just what you need.
Remember, just because you have a paycheck doesn’t mean you’ll be happy. In the words of writer Joseph Campbell, “follow your bliss” and maybe the money will come with it.