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Solutions for Coping with Unemployment, Work Problems and Other Life Challenges

Updated on July 31, 2015
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Juggling With the Challenges of Life

Let’s be real! Life can be very challenging at times and for some of us, it may even seem as though we’re firemen working 24-7 (24 hours a day, seven days a week) as we try to catch our breath fighting the ongoing fires that manifest as challenges in our daily lives.

If you’re unemployed, then you may be facing the challenge of prolonged unemployment, as well as financial problems, which is one of the resultant consequences of being out of a job for a long time.

If you are employed, while you may be grateful for the fact that you can pay your monthly bills, you may be unhappy as a result of hostility or unfair treatment that you are experiencing from co-workers or your management at work.

Then there are the other stresses of life, like illness, marital or relationship problems, rebellious children and death that can leave you feeling overwhelmed and, in some cases, totally joyless.

We cannot escape from the challenges that life throws us nor can we choose what challenges we will allow to come into our lives ourselves to bear. The best solution, however, that anyone can find to deal with the ongoing challenges of life is an effective set of coping tools.

So, in this article, I will be sharing with you some coping tools and resources that will help you deal with unemployment problems, employment challenges or any other difficulty that life will throw your way, now or in the future.

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Unemployment Woes

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Solutions for Dealing with Prolonged Unemployment

I was unemployed for more than five (5) years!!! That’s the first fact I want to establish, so that you know that I can truly empathize with you if you are currently coping with unemployment as a result of job loss or illness. In fact, this is what led me to write about 15 Foolproof Strategies to Successfully Survive Unemployment.

The unemployment solutions that I share in that book, which is available both in ebook and paperback formats, form part of the core set of resources and tools that I myself used in order to keep from depression and pull myself out of the other dark places that my prolonged unemployment threatened to take me to, in some cases, or keep me in, in other instances.

These unemployment solutions treat with all aspects of your life - financial, physical, spiritual, mental and emotional - which will all be deeply affected by this traumatizing life crisis.

There are two (2) full chapters dedicated to giving you practical, financial solutions, since deteriorating finances and lack of money are common denominators for anyone who is unemployed.

Three quarter of the solutions in those two chapters are directed towards helping you manage whatever little financial resources you will have during that period of unemployment. The other one quarter of the solutions are geared towards helping you make wise financial decisions as you step out of that dark place of unemployment.

Don’t worry!!! No matter how long you have already been unemployed, you will find new employment. Your period of unemployment may even lead to you starting your own business or businesses.

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Coping with Hostility, Stress & Unfairness at Work

Ok!!! So you’re not as badly off as that group of unemployed persons we first spoke about because you do have a job. The problem, though, is that you currently work in a hostile, extremely stressful or unfair working environment.

Everything you say or any suggestion that you make is constantly being shut down; you’re not part of that famous (or infamous) clique; your boss hates your guts and never misses an opportunity to make you understand that; your coworkers make your work life a living hell; you’re always doing the work, training people and never getting the promotion; and the list goes on…

When I myself was employed in a hostile working environment at one point in my life, a very good friend of mine gifted me with a copy of the 10 Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment. I cannot finish telling you what a blessing it was for me at that crucial point in my life.

Of course my working environment did not become any friendlier or fairer but my attitude towards my job and the people I worked with changed as a result of my change of focus. I didn’t have to be nice to them, just civil, and I kept focused on what I wanted to accomplish. You should do the same! Even if you work in a hostile and unfair working environment, you can still map out some short to medium term goals for yourself that you want to accomplish while you’re in there.

For example, do you want to stay another 6 months, so that you can state on your curriculum vitae or resume that you have ‘x’ number of years’ experience doing what you’re currently doing? Do you have another project or tool you want to master before moving on?

If you don’t have any such goals in mind then I urge you to start off by thinking about the ideal place you’ll like to be. Then look at where you are right now and work out what you will need, in terms of skills and other resources to take you to that ideal place, in terms of your career goals or owning your own business or businesses.

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Coping with Any and Every Life Challenge!

I’ve dealt with unemployment and employment in the first part of this article because, aside from sickness and death, we all will face one of those two (2) scenarios in our life – no work or work in a place or with people that we simply hate!

Then there are the other life challenges like bad relationships, unfair treatment, sickness, death and depression, which tend to decrease our joy and satisfaction with life and living.

While you may be able to mend some relationships and pull yourself or your loved one out of depression, sickness and death are another two (2) of life’s challenges that will not miss any one of us. So, similar to unemployment and employment in a hostile, stressful or unfair working environment, our best bet is to arm ourselves with effective tools, resources and solutions in order to cope with them as best as we can.

Coping with sickness, especially if prolonged, and the death of a loved one require a special kind of self will and healing help that can honestly only be found in the spiritual realm. Working one’s self to death, keeping forever busy and/or slumping into depression are three (3) of the most unwise and counterproductive ways that some people attempt to deal with their grief and loss associated with the sickness and death of their loved ones.

'Life must begin within' ~ Iyanla Vanzant
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No Difficulty, Challenge or Trouble Lasts Forever

This Too Shall Pass is the final chapter of Joyce Meyer’s book titled Be Anxious for Nothing. It is one of my favourite chapters in her book because it is a very soothing reminder that whatever your current pain, disappoint or loss, it WILL pass. While you may not be enjoying this difficult period in your life, I urge you to search for something positive to do while you wait to get out of that challenging place.

One example of something positive that I did when facing the very difficult life crisis of prolonged unemployment, is that I successfully wrote and published an ebook and book with solutions for coping with unemployment. Maybe you can also write an article, blog, book or ebook about the current life challenge that you are facing – unemployment, problems on the job, sickness, death, divorce, bad relationships, money worries, financial distress, wayward children, or whatever else. Your writing can serve as comfort to someone who is going through the very same kind of life challenges that you are facing right now and help them deal effectively with it.

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Turning Crises into Opportunities

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Making Lemonade with the Lemons that Life Serves Us!

One day, after being unemployed for a year (little did I know that then that I would have to spend four plus more years unemployed), I came across Dr. Charles Stanley preaching on television. In his very insightful sermon, he used the story of Joseph in the Holy Bible (Genesis 37 - 42) to show how Joseph dealt positively with each of his challenges, from the time he was sold into slavery by his brothers. Next he showed how we can change our naturally pessimistic response to crisis by looking at them as opportunities.

Finally, he offered the following fifteen (15) suggestions, which I have synopsized, to help anyone who is going through any kind of crisis in their lives:

  1. Remind yourself that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
  2. Trust that God is in control (Psalm 103:19).
  3. You will not always understand the ‘why’ of what God is doing in your life (Isaiah 55:8-9).
  4. Don’t make quick judgments/decisions; talk to God and seek direction first.
  5. Focus on God instead of the crisis; read the Word of God for encouragement.
  6. Avoid focusing on the pain; read the Word of God.
  7. Recall the past crises you experienced and the opportunities that followed (God will send into our lives whatever is necessary to shape us).
  8. Deal with anger immediately.
  9. Submit yourself to the will of God.
  10. Demonstrate a sense of gratitude (this he noted was made easy if we truly believed Romans 8:28 and Psalm 103:19).
  11. Determine to view the crisis as an opportunity.
  12. Refuse to listen to unscriptural interpretations of your crisis from other people.
  13. Remain in constant prayer listening to God’s instructions.
  14. Refuse to give way to your changing emotions.
  15. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (Genesis 39:7-23; Genesis 41:1-57).

I made a note of these and placed them in my Holy Bible, for ease of reference and they have served as a constant reminder and help with turning my own crises into opportunities. One such opportunity was the unemployment solutions eBook and Book that I wrote based largely on the varied things, financial and otherwise, that I did during my unemployment crisis in order to successfully cope with my challenge.

As persons, employed and unemployed, read my eBook or book, I began to receive feedback of how it had helped them in various different ways.

Whatever, your current crisis, I urge you to search long and hard for the opportunity therein, because as T. D. Jakes reminds us, “Nothing you’ve been through will be wasted!”

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      Mary Norton 20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Heidi, I know that many are hurting now because of the job situation. We were just in the store today and a University graduate with a degree in microbiology is working at a tech job. I think that the job situation is changing and this change will have casualties. People can't find jobs and companies can't find the skills they need. It is difficult for many.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      I am glad you found this article helpful, HSchneider, especially as someone who was unemployed for a long time. Thanks for sharing in a very meaningful nutshell what this experience was like for you - "very traumatic and difficult to deal with". I am happy that you were able to weather this storm and I hope that you are enjoying financial prosperity right now. Have a blessed weekend!

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      Howard Schneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      Very helpful Hub, Heidi I was unemployed for almost 4 years and it was very traumatic and difficult to deal with.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      I am so sorry to hear about your job loss, Charito1962. It is not about age, really. Many companies all over the world, including those in my country, are downsizing. I am glad, however, that you were able to find my article and receive some consolation. It is also great that you continue to trust God. Using your time constructively in order to write more hubs is a good start, while you work on applications. I will remember you in my prayers. God will provide for you.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello, Heidi! It's so consoling to read this hub at this moment when I've been out of work for months now. (I lost my job last January due to company downsizing.)

      I've been applying in other companies and fortunately, several of them have called and interviewed me. But there have been no follow-ups.

      At times, I feel like I'm no longer marketable because of my age. And yes, it's been difficult for me to manage financially.

      Yet, I haven't lost hope! I continue to have a lot of faith despite this crisis I'm going through. I pray a lot and put all my trust in God. I know He has a good plan for me, but I just have to wait patiently. I believe it'll come in good time!

      (Come to think of it, God is so good that He's giving me this present moment to be creative - and write more for HubPages! Ha, ha, ha!)

      Warm regards, girl!

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks, Say Yes To Life, for stopping by and stressing the importance of saving. I see you already have a head start on dealing with life by your HubPages name - 'Say Yes To Life' :) That's the spirit! Enjoy the rest of your week!

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      Yoleen Lucas 2 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      These are good tips. It is also important to be proactive about your situation, and save / invest money whenever you can. You can't control everything that happens to you at work, but you can prepare yourself to deal with it.

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      Heidi Vincent 2 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks, poetryman6969, for sharing your nugget of wisdom for staying employed. I admire your persevering spirit which enabled you to stay positive and 'move several times to follow the work'. Have a blessed weekend and week ahead!

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I like your positive attitude and use of coping mechanisms. I believe that most people in the US can find work but they may have to do things they consider extraordinary to do it. For instance, I have moved several times to follow the work. I have run to folks who say the can't move. I say look at it this way, Obama had to move to get his job and he gets paid pretty well and has lots of perks. If even the rich and powerful have to move and learn knew things and meet new people and put up with somethings they may not necessarily like to find a decent job, then I think that means that you and I are going to have to do those things too.