The recent 9% U.S.unemployment rate means that millions of actual people now have no jobs and no way to make a regular income. This has a huge emotional impact on many of these people, and on the people around them. Imagine the enormity of this impact! When people get laid off, their nervous system often goes through a shock. The bottom drops out of their lives, and they shift into a fear process, different from “normal life,” that profoundly affects how they view themselves and also how they relate to other people and to the world. One could call it unemployment anxiety or unemployment depression.
Stress and Anxiety Create “Fear Thinking”
Their perception of life shrinks and they begin to feel boxed in. They have a much harder time thinking flexibly, thinking “outside the box.” Where before they were problem-solvers, now they are caught in a fog. Regina, (not her real name) for instance, increasingly could only think about lack of money. Rather than being able to see her situation as temporary, it seemed that she would always be out of a job and that her situation would continue along a trajectory of becoming increasingly insecure. She began to imagine herself out on the street, homeless. It became harder and harder for her to leave her house. It got to where she could barely get up in the morning, because she had no energy at all.
This is not unusual. When people’s circumstances suddenly change in a negative way, they go into a state of stress or trauma, living from fear, and they relate to most or all of what happens during the day through the filter of this fear. Where before, they had a sense of choice and control over their lives, they now experience being at the mercy of circumstances. All the fear messages we heard in childhood lock in like a template and take over our thinking process. It’s very difficult to stand outside of this perception.
Movement is Essential
Nevertheless, it’s important to push oneself to action every day, even if it means taking a short walk, calling one friend, applying for one job (even if you don’t think you’re going to get it), running one errand. Depression and anxiety stop movement and create stuckness. It’s like people become encased in metaphorical ice. Movement—physical, emotional or relational—melts the ice and helps people’s thinking become flexible again.
EFT Tapping Can Heal Unemployment Depression and Anxiety
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a positive, supportive method that can help with unemployment depression or anxiety. There is a creative way of EFT Tapping where you start with a picture of how you perceive yourself—for instance, “I’m in the middle of a huge boulder that I can’t get out of.” You start tapping on being in the boulder—what it looks like, feels like, etc. With each round, the picture transforms. Often, clients move to an increasingly positive state of mind, which helps them act in proactive, positive ways, and then life changes! For more information on EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), see my EFT and EFT Case Studies pages or call me!
Wishing you a free and joyous life,