Mindfulness for the Unemployed

· February 19, 2019
Discover how mindfulness can help the unemployed in this article.

There have been high unemployment levels for almost a decade. This has made unemployed people feel vulnerable and helpless. As a consequence, the likelihood of them suffering from mental health issues has increased significantly. Mindfulness for the unemployed is a great tool to fight this.

Among other things, mindfulness is an effective way to fight the discouragement that accompanies unemployment. In fact, unemployed people tend to feel so disheartened that they can’t find a way out of their situation. Some of the problems that mindfulness for the unemployed tries to ease are:

  • Insecurities.
  • Dissatisfaction of basic needs.
  • Frustration regarding life expectations.
  • More than anything, the attitude they face difficult situations with.

As a consequence of all these setbacks, and taking unemployed people’s current life situations into account, several options have emerged to help them improve their quality of life.

A worried man covering his face with his hand.

Mindfulness for the unemployed

One of the first and most difficult options for unemployed people is to leave their countries with the purpose of finding work and thus improve their wellbeing, economic and social security, and self-realization.

Now, transitioning from unemployment and leaving one’s comfort zone and social environment to settle in a completely different place isn’t easy. In fact, it’s quite difficult and exhausting. Looking for a job away from home might be a good thing because it can open many doors to success and financial stability. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that leaving your environment may compromise your emotional stability for a while.

To do well in a new job, we need to be doing well ourselves. In order to ensure an adequate emotional balance, we must train ourselves to slowly but surely become stronger in the face of adaptation issues and lack of support and affection. Not doing so will most likely affect our work performance.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

-Maya Angelou-

On the other hand, there are many unemployed people who can’t afford to emigrate to improve their life. These people are often in precarious situations. As a result, they submerge themselves in feelings of despair, uncertainty, and frustration, emotions that can easily lead to mental imbalance. Therefore, these people need to learn strategies that favor a new outlook on life from an interpersonal approach.

People tend to define and project themselves and their future through their work. They see their career as a tool that’ll help them get to the pinnacle of success. In a way, work is a sign of identity because it provides us with social status and feelings of usefulness. It allows us to satisfy our basic needs and other things we dream of.

On the contrary, unemployment tends to lead to social isolation and feelings of insecurity and self-hatred. These emotions undermine and destroy self-esteem and can lead to disorders as dangerous as depression or anxiety. Also, and apart from these mental disorders, said negative emotions can affect someone so much that they live in a constant state of tension.

A woman practicing mindfulness for the unemployed.

What is mindfulness for the unemployed good for?

Mindfulness for the unemployed can be used to fight everything we mentioned above. This technique favors emotional balance, mental health, and motivation, three pillars that unemployed people tend to lose along the way.

  • First and foremost, medication isn’t going to be useful if it doesn’t go hand-in-hand with psychotherapy. Remember that mental health is related to physiological health. Medicating an individual who doesn’t do any mental effort to change their situation will be a complete waste of time. In that case, the drugs will only serve as anesthetizers, which is the opposite of what we seek through this strategy.
  • As for psychotherapy, we must stress that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy can be as effective as medication to deal with mental health problems. Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy was developed as an alternative to confrontation. Its main goal is to help people recognize, accept, and respond constructively to inappropriate thoughts and feelings. This explains why mindfulness for the unemployed has been so successful.
  • When it comes to changing their lifestyle, it’s important for the unemployed person to stay strong and not give up. To achieve success, it’s advisable to practice meditation in order to gain consciousness. We shouldn’t see mindfulness for the unemployed as a form of therapy but as a way of life.

“Each day, I come in with a positive attitude, trying to get better”.

-Stefon Diggs-

A huge rock in the middle of a park.

The Rock on the Road passage

“In a distant kingdom, a king placed a large rock in the middle of the main road to the kingdom, blocking the way. Then, he hid to see if someone removed it.

The wealthiest merchants in the kingdom simply went around the rock as they passed. Many of them stayed in front of the rock for a while, complaining. They also blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear. However, none of them did anything to remove the roadblock.

Then, a peasant who was carrying a load of vegetables passed by. He dropped the vegetables on the ground and carefully observed the rock. He tried to move the rock by pushing and poking it with a wooden log that he found on the side of the road. After pushing it for a long time, he finally managed to push it away.

While he was picking his vegetables up from the ground, he found a bag just where the rock had been. The bag contained a huge amount of gold coins and a note from the king that indicated that this was the reward for the person who cleared the path.

The peasant learned something very important that day: each obstacle is an opportunity to improve one’s condition.”

“The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory in overcoming it.”

-Molière-