Coping with The Job Loss During Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic may be stressful for some people. Pandemic has
brought something that we never imagined before. Restriction to go out or
leaving town has caused money circulation to slow. Almost everything has
stopped. People are forced into a series of quarantines from April 2020.


We’ve been missing our normal life before the pandemic. The challenges
caused by Covid-19 are real. Aside from the fear of the virus itself,
physical distancing, isolation, and grief of losing people we care about, the
economy is also doomed. So many countries announced that they’re
entering the recession this year.


One of the worries during a pandemic is numerous individuals are feeling
on edge about losing their positions. Each industry is attempting to endure
the pandemic. Spending cuts are being made in essentially every industry.
One by one they’re failing and forced to terminate the contract of their
employees. Losing a job is inevitable for many people.

Almost a million job losses in Australia since March 2020 and the
unemployment rate is estimated to have jumped to 7.1%. More young
adults work in industries directly affected by border closures, travel
restrictions, and social-distancing measures (hospitality, retail, culture, and
leisure). The others are reported to have had their working hours cut during the pandemic. The pandemic has been hard for everyone.

A job can mean so much for many people. A job is not only a source of
income but also an identity for them. The moment they lose the job, their
identity is also robbed. Unemployment has a huge negative impact on our
mental and emotional health.

Stress not having an income is one thing, but when the identity is robbed is
another thing. It can cause deeper damage to someone. The grief can be

really hard and it usually takes some time to finally move on. This
situation can be worsened by the mandatory to stay at home and only
going out if it’s necessary.

Based on the Grief Cycle model first published in On Death & Dying,
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, 1969, there are 5 stages of grief: denial, anger,
bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The way people deal with the grief
of losing the job is different from one to another. The important thing is
how to deal with stress in a healthy way will help you to survive it
stronger.

You can let yourself grieve as much as you need but in the end, people
need to move on in order to survive. It is also important to reach out for
professional help if needed. You’re not alone in this. Checking up on
people you care about would help each other to survive the pandemic too.
Hang in there because the storm won’t last forever.