Loneliness & the Job Search Campaigner

Work takes up at least 35 – 40 hours of our week, sometimes much more. Even if we say we hate our jobs, receiving that pink slip is often a heavy blow. That job filled up time. It connected us with people. It gave us an identity. Is it any wonder that we feel grief, anger, anxiety and depression?

On top of all these wonderful emotions, we also experience boredom. What am to do with all of this free time? And one more: loneliness. Job loss brings on a pervasive sense of isolation. We feel lost and alone, even when we have supportive families and friends. They reach out but as time drags by, your misfortune takes up less space on their radar.

What to do? Here are some suggestions:

  • Join one of the various area support groups that serve the furloughed: PAPEN, the Jewish Family & Children’s Career Development Center, The Center for Women, among others.
  • If you are a regular member of your church or synagogue, schedule some time with your pastor, priest or rabbi and ask for support.
  • Schedule a weekly meeting with a friend or relative that accepts you unconditionally.
  • Take your family to a low-cost event that all can enjoy.
  • For serious emotional issues, find a good counselor or therapist.
  • Volunteer for a cause you believe in.

I am here for you. Let’s get together for coffee, tea or bottled water. You can share your thoughts, feelings and issues. I am a chaplain first and a career coach second. The only cost is an hour of your time.

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