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How to Avoid Depression during Unemployment

Take these steps to stay positive and get through unemployment, one of the most difficult times in your life.


  • Step 1: Stay positive Maintain a positive attitude. Don't give in to fears and negativity, because negativity creates its own momentum and makes it harder to return to positive thinking.
  • TIP: Remind yourself of what you have, of what is going right in your life, and of your accomplishments.
  • Step 2: Stick to a schedule Get up in the morning, shower, and maintain a normal routine.
  • Step 3: Keep busy Keep busy. In addition to job hunting, consider taking a class, starting your own business, joining professional associations, or volunteering.
  • TIP: Prioritize actions with a list. This will help clear your head and help you focus.
  • Step 4: Have family time Take advantage of this opportunity to spend time with your family.
  • Step 5: Exercise Exercise each day. Exercise is important to your emotional well-being and improves the body's ability to handle anxiety and stress.
  • Step 6: Eat and sleep well Eat healthy, regular meals and get enough sleep. You'll be better equipped to handle the challenges ahead of you.
  • Step 7: Laugh Laugh with friends, watch funny movies, and do whatever you can to lighten your mood.
  • Step 8: Seek help If your mood doesn't improve and you notice changes in sleeping or eating patterns, or have trouble concentrating on everyday tasks, seek professional help.
  • FACT: National unemployment insurance was established when President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act of 1935.

You Will Need

  • A positive attitude
  • A daily schedule
  • Family time
  • An exercise routine
  • A healthy diet
  • Humor
  • A priority list (optional)

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