AngelaJossy's Blog

Feb. 6, 2009 at 11:27am

A few words about unemployment and depression

How to clear your head and make the world a better place

Losing your job can make you feel like you've lost your whole identity. Some people feel a lot of shame telling people they are unemployed because it makes them feel like they have failed. I want anyone out there who is unemployed to know that YOU ARE NOT YOUR JOB and YOU DID NOT FAIL.

Whether you know what your mission in life is yet or not, it is possible that the job you were doing wasn't it - or was only a small part of it - and if you had stayed there you would have missed out on a vital part of the plan. Its time to look forward with optimism. Even if you have to give up some things, you will gain so much more.

When I got laid off, I decided it was an opportunity to find myself. I made lists of things I wanted to do before I died. I tried really hard to figure out what really mattered to me. What I realized was that most of my important things were not things at all, they were experiences I wanted to have. So I tried to think strategically about how I could put myself in situations where doing those things could become a reality.

One really effective method I found was volunteering. I highly recommend scheduling some time to do volunteer work. It will help your self-esteem, keep you busy and give you a reason to wake up in the morning. More people than ever need your help and it doesn't have to be work that you don't enjoy. I recommend figuring out what you'd really like to be doing and volunteer in that field if you can - even if it means sweeping the floors - so that you can explore that world and see if its where you really belong. If you make yourself indispensable, they might even hire you. Even if they don't, staying busy will stave off depression and it will keep you vital and motivated which causes you to have a less desperate vibe when you go to a real job interview.

This is an exciting time for non-profits because so many capable hands are idle. If we can make the connection between the two, we can create real change.

comments [6]  |  posted under depression, non-profit, Tacoma, unemployment, volunteer


by tacoma1 on 2/6/2009 @ 12:04pm
Excellent post. Been there recently, and I did do some volunteer work, and really enjoyed it. I made some friends, and made the world ever so slightly better. When a real job finally came around, I knew I would miss the volunteer job, but have committed to squeeze in a little volunteer work inbetween the day job.

by fredo on 2/6/2009 @ 11:14pm
The thing I don't like about volunteer jobs is how reluctant they are to pay you.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/6/2009 @ 11:24pm
You get paid in experience which I understand is even better than cold hard cash. On the other hand I understand that experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.

by Shep on 3/19/2009 @ 3:36pm
Hey Angela--there is a job fair this Sunday 3/22 put on by the NW Territorial Mint in Auburn. They have lots of positions open. I think I'll go to this. It's at Emerald Downs (maye they are going to put saddles on us and run us around the track!). Man there's not much out there. Anyway, keep that chin up and take care!

by ixia on 3/20/2009 @ 9:28am
Angie, Auburn is looking for a part time events coordinator. I sent you a link.....

by AngelaJossy on 3/20/2009 @ 9:51am
Claudia, that was so sweet of you. You and two others forwarded me that posting which is a pretty good sign! I meant to thank you for that. I have the greatest friends ever. :)