Mindfulness for the unemployed: fighting discouragement

Mindfulness for the unemployed: fighting discouragement

We have been living with very high unemployment rates for almost a decade, which has resulted in a great deal of damage for those who suffer from it and find themselves in vulnerable situations.

Mindfulness for the unemployed, among other things, is an effective treatment to combat the discouragement that is settling in their lives, a situation that makes it even more difficult for them to get out of their embarrassment. Some of the problems that the mindfulness of the unemployed is trying to mitigate are:

  • Personal insecurity
  • Dissatisfaction with basic needs
  • Frustration about life expectancy
  • Attitude with which they face this difficult situation

Thus, as a result of all these setbacks, the unemployed can consider various options to implement, in order to acquire an adequate quality of life, despite these handicaps.

"No pessimist has discovered the secret of the stars, nor sailed to a land to be discovered, nor opened a new hope in the human heart."

-Hellen Keller-


Mindfulness for the unemployed: a half-open door where there were only bricks

One of the first and most difficult alternatives for people who do not find a job is to leave their region or country to find work and thus increase their well-being, their economic and social security and their personal fulfillment.

However, the transition process between leaving home and the social environment, away from family, friends and neighbors, is a long road whose outcome may be distant and uncertain. People who emigrate in search of a job can achieve economic stability, but can see their emotional stability threatened.

Lack of support and affection, as well as possible problems of integration and adaptation, open the door to the need to train the mind to ensure adequate emotional balance.

"When I picked up the stones they threw, I saw it was a jewel."

-Poeme zen

The unemployed who, for various reasons, can not afford to emigrate in search of a better life live in a precarious situation. This group has a minimum income and a limited lifestyle, which serves as the basis for entering a spiral of despair, demotivation and frustration, circumstances that can easily lead to mental imbalance. As a result, these people need training in strategies that foster new horizons and allow them to move beyond an interpersonal approach.

Work is one of the tools with which people define and project themselves, as well as being the vehicle to meet their livelihood needs. It is a sign of identity, since it includes us in a social status, and promotes the feeling of usefulness, because it satisfies our basic needs and facilitates the participation of the community in society.

On the contrary, unemployment often leads to social isolation and feelings of insecurity and devaluation. These emotions undermine and destroy self-esteem and can lead to troubles as dangerous as depression or anxiety. If this happens, it will undoubtedly negatively affect personality and family relationships, creating situations of tension.

"Obstacles are the scary things you see when you leave the goal with your eyes."

-Henry Ford-

Why use mindfulness for the unemployed?

For all these reasons, it is strongly recommended to use mindfulness techniques for the unemployed, to achieve and maintain good mental health and emotional balance in a population that suffers so much at these levels.

This requires three distinct strategies, distinguishing psychotherapy, medication and lifestyle modification.

  • In regards to the medicationit is of little use if it is not accompanied by psychotherapy. It is inappropriate to give medication to someone who does nothing to change their situation. In this case, the drugs serve as anesthetic, and this is not what the drug is intended to do, quite the contrary. Medication should be used as a motivation for new behaviors by allowing people, with their efforts, to get out of the emotional situation in which they find themselves.
  • Regarding psychotherapy, note that mindfulness-based acceptance therapy can be as effective as drugs to help form mental health problems. Mindfulness-based acceptance therapy has been developed as an alternative to confrontation to help people recognize, accept and respond constructively to inappropriate thoughts and feelings. Therefore, it is a technique particularly suited to the unemployed, because it does not fight against the outside, which is out of their control, but against the inside.
  • With regard to the modification of the lifestyle, it should be emphasized that the person himself must be conscious and coherent, since this point is intentional. To achieve the desired success, the person must acquire a high level of self-awareness, provided by meditation and reflection. The full consciousness of the unemployed should not be understood as a therapy, but as a way of life.
An attitude of mindfulness towards anxiety, observes it, allows it and does not avoid it; it allows training in tolerance to feelings of fear and anguish, so that it promotes self-regulation and improves the physical and mental functioning of the person.
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Finally, we leave you with a little tale that will surely make you think.

The rock on the road

In a distant kingdom, a king placed a large rock in the middle of the kingdom's main entrance road, impeding the passage. Then he hid to see if anyone would try to remove it.

The richest merchants in the kingdom and some courtiers passing by simply surrounded the rock. Many of them stood for some time in front of the rock complaining and blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything to remove the obstacle.

Then came a peasant carrying a cargo of vegetables. He left it on the ground and studied the rock on the road looking at it. He tried to move the rock by pushing it and raising it with a branch of wood that he found on the side of the road, after pushing hard and getting tired, he finally managed to push back the rock. While picking up his cargo, he found a bag at the very spot where the rock was. The bag contained a good amount of gold coins and a king's note, indicating that it was the reward for those who cleared the way.

The farmer learned what others have never learned:

Every obstacle overcome is an opportunity to improve one's condition.

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