When you’re unemployed you certainly have more time to get things done, but not having a job often puts you under greater strain than when you were working forty hours a week. Without a job to go it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get up in the morning, because there doesn’t seem much point. You can’t spend all day, every day looking at job websites and applying for jobs because there are only so many jobs that are suitable and that you can apply for. Once you’ve applied to a few you can’t really do anything but wait until you hear back from the companies where vacancies are available.
Sometimes, you will be offered an interview and so you then face the stress that generally accompanies the interview process. There will be other times when you’re not given an interview and you are forced to keep up the job search, applying for more jobs and hoping for the best. If you are regularly filling in forms and sending out your C.V. with no response you start to become more negative about your chances of ever finding work again. You might decide to make a few alterations to your C.V., but you can’t make up for the fact that you lack experience or don’t have the appropriate qualifications.
If you’re young, single and you don’t have many financial responsibilities you can perhaps take some time to re-train or to volunteer for an organisation to get some experience behind you, but if you have a family to support this isn’t necessarily something you can afford to do. When you have lots of financial commitments you need a job as soon as possible to ensure you meet them. You need to be able to keep a roof over your family’s head and to ensure your children are fed and clothed. Although state benefits may provide you with some money, they won’t provide you with the comfortable lifestyle that you’ve become accustomed to.
Indeed, probably the most stressful aspect of being unemployed is the affect it has on your finances, as lack of money impinges upon every other area of your life. Without money you can’t go out with friends as often and when you do go out you’re always conscious of how much you’re spending, so that you are unable to relax. If you don’t have much money you can find yourself arguing with your partner due to financial worries, which can put your relationship under strain and make your home life unbearable. The worst part is that you don’t even know how long this situation is going to last and so you’re unable to think positively about the future.