Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)

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68: Counties of Chesterfield (part) and Henrico (part); City of Richmond (part) [map]
Took Office
January 2018
Next Election
November 2019
General Laws, Health, Welfare and Institutions, Privileges and Elections
Copatroning Habits
77% of bills she copatroned were introduced by Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of her bills, 81% of them are Democrats. Of all of the copatrons of all of the bills that she also copatroned, 69% of them are Democrats.
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64.7% in 2020
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Learning About The Social Issues Of COVID-19

June 24, 2020
The recent coronavirus outbreak has had extensive effects beyond the health sector. Many other social issues have arisen as a result of the pandemic, challenging the communities and governments involved. Learning about these problems is the first step to finding solutions. As citizens, let’s take a look at what these concerns are: Psychology And Mental Health Aside from physical health, many people also had worries regarding their mental wellbeing—we all experienced anxiety over safety, isolation, and uncertainty. The main concern on everyone’s mind was over their protection. During the first months of the pandemic, everyone did not have that much information about the virus. Knowing how to keep oneself safe was thus a challenge. There was also worry over whether or not the virus could spread through animals. People were concerned about whether or not they could catch the disease through livestock or pets. Another issue is how isolation and quarantines have affected people’s mental health. Being physically apart has cut some individuals off from their support systems. Although there are other means of communicating now, messages and calls may not be as effective as physical togetherness. Also, some may not have the capacity to reach out to others through phones or the Internet. There’s also the added stress of dealing with the “new normal.” “This pandemic has thrown us into an existential crisis, it has put much of what we have believed into question,” says Heidi Horsley, PsyD. Many are still adjusting to staying at home and not being able to see their loved ones. Collectively, society is undergoing some degree of trauma from all these changes. Consequently, experts worry about the potential rise in suicide rates. As individuals face challenges such as isolation, unemployment, and domestic abuse, they’re more likely to turn to extremes. People are also less likely to ask for help, believing that hotlines and helplines may be busy with other callers. Elderly Care COVID-19 has been deadly, with the elderly being one of the most vulnerable groups in society. Not only do they face a health crisis, but they also face difficulty accessing necessities. It’s more difficult for older citizens to purchase food, medicine, and other essentials. Thus, communities recognized that they require special attention and care during the pandemic to avoid putting them at risk. Nursing homes have temporarily stopped accepting visitors to avoid contact with the outside. Volunteer groups and individuals have also taken to purchasing essential goods for the elderly in their community. Education With the concern for public safety, many governments have chosen to close down schools in all levels temporarily. This decision to suspend classes is to avoid large gatherings and face-to-face contact leading to the spread of the virus. However, issues arise as people wonder when schools will reopen. The question is, how will learning continue? Several countries have considered holding online classes and distance learning. While several schools have already had this arrangement before, with people earning degrees online, it’s challenging for lower grade levels. Younger learners require more supervision than those college or university students. Parents may not always be available or capable of helping them learn their classwork. Moreover, online learning may not be accessible to other individuals. It can be challenging, especially for those in lower-income areas. Not everyone has personal computers or laptops, phones, internet connection, or even electricity. It has put further strain on the poor’s access to education. Domestic Violence Amidst the health crisis, another silent pandemic takes place at home. Although the quarantine keeps us safe from contracting the virus outside, it creates a dangerous domestic abuse scenario. India is one country that has seen a spike in distress calls during these months of the pandemic. And this is not even accounting for unreported cases. Victims would be less likely to report abuse while in isolation. They might not call for help when the abuser rarely leaves the house.  Religion The most significant impact the virus has on this aspect is the cancellation of religious gatherings. Governments have banned or imposed limitations on large groups of people from congregating in one place. Mosques, churches, synagogues, and temples and have now moved their worship meetings online via live streams. However, most members of religious groups may continue to practice their religion despite not being able to do so together. The social consequences of the virus on religion may thus not be as disruptive as other aspects. Summary The coronavirus outbreak is more than a health pandemic. It also has corresponding effects on society. All countries now face additional challenges when regarding mental health, elderly care, education, domestic violence, and religion. These are aspects that governments and communities now have to work together to address.

Labor Issues: Minimum Wage Misconceptions

May 27, 2020
There has been a debate on the 2019 labor event about the increase of laborers’ minimum wage. The information is filled with misinformation and confusion. Let’s try to enumerate what are the truths to that. Source: You might think that most hourly workers receive a minimum wage, but they don’t. Honestly, less than 50% of these hourly workers only earn the federal minimum wage. And in some unfortunate instances, the percentage of those individuals earning less is increasing from some time now. Another misconception is that not all states provide workers with minimum wage. That is even though the law requires all them to comply with federal minimum wage policy. Sadly, the majority of individual cities pay less. Unlike LA, San Francisco, and Seattle, these cities pay more than the minimum. It is also not true that the minimum wages of laborers are growing over time. Though there is the reported peak of increase, not much of it entirely changed, especially during inflation. Also, economic study shows that the US has one of the lowest minimum wages compared to other developed countries. Source: It is true in some cases that people that are against minimum wage somehow do not care about the poor. Seemingly, the fight over the minimum wage is between the rich and powerful companies trying to keep the minimum wages down. When you think about it, the demand for employers to pay workers enough is hurting them, not knowing that paying less for unskilled employees makes nothing much of a difference in their businesses’ expenditures. But in some fortunate cases, some responsible companies understand the demand for wage increase because they find employees worthy of the job. Thus, they become more willing to pay even higher. Yes, raising the minimum wage can help us reduce poverty. However, it is not going to solve the issue on its own.

Simple Ways To Help Your Community Amid The Pandemic

May 8, 2020
Source: In a time of physical isolation, coming together to help is crucial to the stability of our local communities. As the pandemic continues, we can see that some communities need help and support more than others. Of course, the best way to help your local community is to follow the local guidelines and maintain social distancing. But you can still support your community and other people in substantial ways. It may seem complicated, but there are plenty of ways to give support to other people in this trying time. It can be in the form of sharing monetary gifts or a simple helping hand. You can help your friends and loved ones, less fortunate people, healthcare workers, and the frontlines in your way. If you don’t know where to start, here’s a list of simple ways to help your community amid the pandemic.  Support Essential Workers Source: Unlike most of us who are staying and working at home or on leave, essential workers in the frontlines continue to show up at their workplace. Healthcare personnel, security personnel, restaurant drive-thru staff, supermarket staff, delivery drivers, social workers continue to work for our communities’ benefit.  Right now, they are most in need of fortified and healthy food to nourish them amid this crisis. There are some volunteer and nonprofit groups which do fundraisers to feed workers in the frontlines. By donating meals, you will also be able to support local restaurants in your community. Moreover, for medical workers, one of the most critical problems presently is the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPEs include face masks, gowns, face shields, and gloves. It keeps healthcare workers safe while treating patients. If your company has the means to supply PPEs to medical personnel, it can be of great help to them. If there’s none, financial donations to the local hospital can help them in purchasing these PPEs. Contact your community hospitals and clinics to find out where supplies are most urgently needed. Join Volunteer Groups Several volunteer groups help the less fortunate who are most in need that you can join. These organizations usually always seek volunteers and assign them to nearby communities that have the most urgent need. Some of the activities volunteer groups do are packing and organizing groceries and sending them to local food banks. These are for elderly facilities, homeless people, and those affected most by this crisis. Volunteering is not only a means for you to help other people; it also enables you to ease your anxiety and relieve stress. “Volunteering helps counteract the effects of stress, anger, and anxiety,” wrote Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. “Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person.” However, make sure that you’re aware of your local and state social distancing policy and guidelines before visiting any community. By doing so, you can prevent putting people at further risk of contracting any illnesses. Donate  Source: If it is not possible to engage in volunteering, many volunteer organizations will gladly accept financial donations. Find reputable organizations and local food backs that will welcome donations in the form of food, necessities, and monetary donation.  There are also online communities that do fundraisers to extend support to people who are most in need. Here, you can also stay informed of the needs of your community and what help you can offer. In addition to that, you can donate blood to nearby blood banks and hospitals if your situation permits. By giving your blood, you can help save a lot of people’s lives amid this crisis we are facing. Support Local Restaurants Since most restaurants serve only takeout food now, businesses have felt the impact of the outbreak. This way helps prevent the further spread of the virus since restaurants and diners are places always packed with people. However, this leaves restaurant owners struggling to pay bills. Since they have no means of income generation, it also puts the employment of their staff at a pedestal. As a part of your community, you can help local restaurants by patronizing them in any way you can. You can order takeout or call for food delivery (if available). And as mentioned earlier, if you’re donating meals, you can opt to order from local restaurants and hit two birds in one. Conclusion Source: Our local communities are impacted heavily by the pandemic. Right now, we can’t continue our ordinary lives. Coming together to support the people of your community is a great way to keep their spirits high. In your way, you can make an effort to help people during this time while still following the social distancing policy. Together, we can move forwards towards a healed future.  

Unionism’s Founding Principles

March 29, 2020
The 2018 workers union conference managed to get in touch with people’s fighting spirits. It has been the biggest gathering of activists, center leaders, and union officials that benefit in understanding the fundamentals of unionism. The goal of the conference is to adhere to the impact of development issues on trade and union. And since the whole approach targets the economic response, a lot has been discussed. Source: The conference held a face-to-face meeting with other representatives of industries. All of them shared insights and tactics to campaign for winning contracts. They also discussed beating apathy, as well as understanding the technological economy. But most of all, they emphasized on providing helpful information about an individual’s “right to work.” However, the highlight of the conference is its fundamental objectives. One of the targeted goals of the discussion is providing an opportunity for people so they can analyze the difficulties of handling labor management and relationships. There is an emphasized note on exploring issues, such as risk-taking and trust, among associates working in a collaborative area. There are guides on improving skills and knowledge for the joint workforce. There is also clarification on the benefits of building a mutual understanding and respect despite people’s diverse interests. The conference allowed everyone to have an opportunity to join and interact with the entire region’s sectors union and management representatives The conference also covered subjects such as the impact of globalization. Not only on trades and unions but also its effect on the workplace as well. There is an emphasized note on changing the “working approach” to increase productivity better. The whole conference made it clear that various levels of organizations, companies, and industries should not focus on management alone. These sectors should learn to encourage workforce empowerment to build their people’s capacity and capabilities. Source:

The Reality In People’s Rejected Job Application

November 25, 2019
Looking for a job is a very stressful thing to do. It requires a lot of time, effort, money, and perseverance. We cannot just tell ourselves that we don’t need it because we know it is a necessity to have. For some, it means an obligation. With that, we try our best to land for the best position we believe fits for us. We consider our jobs as something that supports our growth, as well as assist our needs. But this article is not about the benefits of having one. I am going to talk about the reality of why some of our job applications end up getting rejected. Sherrie Carter PsyD notes “You can’t control whether an employer will hire you, but you can control how you present yourself to that employer to increase your chances of being hired.” We Offer Too Many Things On The Table Yes, the edge of landing a job indeed requires a lot of experience. However, in most reasons for rejection, offering too many things on the table is sometimes not an advantage. That is because some companies believe that when we are extremely capable of doing everything, it becomes a threat. That instead of thinking about it as beneficial, they see it as potential damage to what appears already established. No, I am not saying that all business companies are feeling the same way. But almost a considerable percentage of them do not want an individual with too much experience in hand. That is contrary to the belief that the most experienced individual often gets the job. As much as possible, companies would want to hire a person that knows a little of something and allow that individual to grow and develop with them. We Are Too Confident And Overwhelming You might disagree with me, but being confident is not enough to land a particular job. Most instances, it puts us in a difficult situation, especially when companies are looking for humility in an attitude. Even if we feel we have all the necessary experience for the job, sometimes the people who we think are not worthy are the ones that get it. Why? That is because we feel over-confident that we disregarded creating a connection with the company’s vision and mission, and focus only on ourselves. We think we are invincible in terms of possible flaws. According to Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. ,“At this point, what initially seemed difficult appears much easier than originally feared. This is when the overconfidence kicks in and beginners become unconscious incompetents.”  With that, the company’s envisioned future of us working with them tends to go down in an instant. We Didn’t Hit That “X-Factor” Say we got that needed humility and enough knowledge for the job. But still, we end up not getting it. That is because we did not hit that X-factor. It is not something people know, though. Honestly, that particular thing does not exist. But what makes it more convincing to be true is the idea of “whatever.” That despite the lack of skills, less experienced, and little-to-no confidence, the company feels the need to want someone like us. It is as if they know what we are capable of even before they hire us for the position. Honestly, it is sometimes not about being qualified or unqualified for the job. Chances are, we land a job based on these three particular things. I’m not saying you should agree. But think about it. Katharine Brooks EdD reminds people looking jobs “Learn what you can, change what you should, and then let it go and move on to the next opportunity.”

Ways You Can Make A Difference For The Community

November 18, 2019
Finding your sense of purpose for the community is essential. It is where you can live life to the fullest and helping others at the same time. The goal will be providing other people with the better assistance they need, especially for those unfortunate ones. Not only your positive actions will benefit the community, but also increase personal growth and development too. So what are the ways that you can consider to ensure a contribution to the betterment of the community? Volunteering – Volunteering is an act of selflessness. It is where you put passion in helping people who need support. Yes, your time is valuable. But if you use it for a much better-serving purpose, your effort will be much appreciated. Consider volunteering and giving back something for the community because your little actions can build a lasting impression that can impact local opportunities. “There is a great deal of self-satisfaction knowing you have helped others in your community, Jonathan Golding, Ph.D. and Anne Lippert, PhD say.   Donating – Donating does not mean you have to give something to a maximum extent. A little always goes a long way. You must understand the essence of offering something to those people who do not have anything or only a fraction of what those fortunate people have. Allow yourself to feel comfortable in sharing what you have. Donate because it proves to change people’s lives forever. Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. explains that, “Donating money to charitable organizations activates the same (mesolimbic) regions of the brain that respond to monetary rewards or sex. In fact, the mere intent and commitment to generosity can stimulate neural change and make people happier.” Teaching – Whether you know a little, open up yourself to others, and teach them. Educate the people in the community on the ways of building a better and more functioning social environment. It will become an asset if individuals in the community share knowledge because it helps in promoting skills and experience. Connect with the people and allow them to gain useful information. Supporting – You should find time to support local stuff in your community. Allow individuals in the community to have a chance to grow and have a better and meaningful life. Keep the people in the community active and support their dedication and passion. Allow yourself to maintain an excellent neighboring relationship by showing other people that you care and believe in whatever endeavor. Organizing – Your organization skills matter. You must take advantage of it to create a meaningful event that benefits the community. You can manage a fund-raising for homeless individuals. You can also organize donation events that allow the less fortunate in the community to receive food, clothes, as well as medical assistance. Work your wonders and inspire other people to help out. Attending – One way to make a difference for the community is by staying close to people. Allow yourself to attend community meetings. Not only it helps in creating a better environment for all, but it also develops more profound social familiarity. It is beneficial in a way that you can have a connection with other people regardless of their age, social needs, and status.  Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D. point out that, “Dependence on and cooperation with each other enhanced our ability to survive under harsh environmental circumstances.” Have a friendly attitude because it ensures a lasting community relationship.  There are tons of ways that you can do to contribute to a better-living community. Your one move may be small, but it will guarantee a great opportunity and advancement along the way.

Common Problems That Affect Every Community (The Major Ones)

November 11, 2019
We deal with waste disposal, drugs and violence, child and domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, as well as instant emergency medical assistance in our community. But aside from that, there are more far worse problems that we experience, but often ignore. Perhaps that is because we get used to seeing things the way they are that we do not find time to consider changes. We are so ignorant of our community needs that we forget to use our ability to help its development. We tend to be so selfish only to look out for ourselves and never consider lending a helping hand. Poverty Just because people are less fortunate, we assume that they deserve life because they lack the motivation to work on their dreams. However, what we do not often see is how the community treats them differently. Some poor people suffer from inequality, and that is the reason why they cannot find an appropriate job. In all honesty, no one tends to trust them even if they are capable of doing so many things. John D. Rich, Jr., Ph.D. points out, “People who have inadequate resources are more likely to battle with depression and anxiety, and to feel constant assaults to their self-esteem as they compare themselves to other people who are more successful.”  We are so judgmental that we always look at these less unfortunate individuals as someone who only takes advantage of the few. But is that entirely it? Perhaps we have to think about how we can help the less unfortunate ones instead of condemning them for being stuck in their situations. Besides, that is what communities do – help people. Discrimination Admit it. Although the local government in the community implies laws concerning discrimination, not all of us can follow restrictions. Some are still enjoying the harshness of discriminating against other people with their age, gender, ethnicity, and culture. Why? Perhaps that is because some consider it as their principle in life. That no matter the situation is, these entitled individuals put themselves above others. Discrimination is a community issue because it hinders some people from reaching out to everyone who needs help. It is as if the world only revolves with those who can give, but not around those who need assistance. “The urgent problem is that they should need to—that a significant percentage of Americans reports living in a “heightened state of vigilance,” including not feeling able to leave home each day without mentally preparing for the insults of others,” Christopher Lane Ph.D. says. It is a shame that many people focus more on personal growth instead of community buildup. That is something that needs to change. Access To Healthcare System Yes, as much as we like to believe that the healthcare system is doing its job, it is not. The healthcare system until today is still a community issue because of its unaffordability, inequality, and lack of complete services. Healthcare is people’s primary need for survival. So without its proper assistance, one could end up serenely ill or dead. “Major killers of our population, such as depression and anxiety, are a secondary focus of the present system. And the treatments we provide can make things worse,” Ron Breazeale Ph.D. wrote. All individuals must have access to the healthcare system. It is the only way people in the community can maintain health, reduce unnecessary disability, prevent diseases, and manage symptoms of severe illnesses. The community’s healthcare should focus on achieving health equity for all.  These are the most underrated issues that our community is facing almost every day. Honestly, we are the ones to blame for that because we don’t take time to notice these. Since they are so prevalent in our lives, we assume they can never change course.

Common Problems That Affect Every Community

November 4, 2019
There are a lot of problems that every community faces, and the people in it are giving their most suitable ability to cope up with the environment’s constant changes. There is an analyzation of how each of us can help and contribute to its betterment.  Therefore, we must take notice of the things the community requires instant resolution. I understand that some of the problems it has cannot be changed overnight. But the process of changing little things is always a good start. Increased Plastic Waste Often, people do not see how damaging it is for the community when there is an increase in plastic consumption. Every day, we contribute to its growth by using single-use plastic for almost everything. There is no consideration. It becomes a public matter because the plastics we use are not helping the environment at all. Instead, it damages the whole planet. It takes a long time to get destroyed, and we are talking about decades. “We live in a world of plastic, but by being informed consumers, we can help to protect vulnerable populations in order to improve the wellbeing of all those in our communities,” writes Darcia F. Narvaez Ph.D. Drug Abuse The community shatters when there is rampant drug abuse. There is increased criminal activity and violence. In some unfortunate events, it correlates significantly to a lack of understanding due to its impractical reasons for consumption. People often excuse themselves for using it by implying poverty, ignorance, shelter and food issues, and others. Teen Pregnancy There are so many misconceptions about this community issue. Some people think that this generation should be exempted from the current increased in teen pregnancy. A lot of us consider this phenomenon as ordinary and should not be taken as a big deal. However, dealing with the number of babies thrown everywhere, and the required support teens need for their lives, it is guaranteed a public matter. “We can’t control our teenager’s sexuality. Nor should we. We can, though, help them to reflect on their choices and make decisions that are good for them,” writes Michael Ungar Ph.D. Child Abuse It is a shared community problem that pretty much does not have a reliable solution. Perhaps that is because most child violence happens in secret. Kids are not fully aware of what is going on, so when adults take advantage of them, they cannot handle it. Therefore, the community should be responsible for keeping the children safe and healthy at all costs. Domestic Violence Same as child abuse, domestic violence is also a community issue. It is not something that we should look forward to as a typical scenario of individuals having a family, marital, or personal matter. The community is responsible for handling domestic issues that could turn into something damaging. Not only for the couple involved but also to the children trying their best to understand the implications of violence. Emergency Medical Services Yes, there are a lot of hospitals and clinics that help us with our medical needs. However, the community faces issues in emergency services. That is because not all provide quality service and instant response to those less unfortunate individuals. We can conclude that the medical services up until now still vary in people’s capability to pay for a desirable amount. The community is the source of every person’s overall health foundation. That is why we must take even a little step to make things right for it. “Fundamentally, it doesn’t matter how technologically sophisticated we become; emotional connectivity remains a core part of being human. We need each other—maybe not in the ways that characterized us evolutionarily, but for a need that remains essential for psychological survival,” write Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D., and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.

Low-Paid Workers And Their Mental Health Issues

June 29, 2019
A recent study shows that employees with low pay are more paranoid and also cautious around their workspace, which causes them anxiety. This is because the managers who take advantage of their higher positions and treat the employees under them differently. “The specific points of comparison may vary, but are often socially-sanctioned markers of success, especially material markers,” wrote Julian Humphreys, Ph.D., PCC. “Although our rational minds may chastise us for these petty comparisons, our anxiety on hearing that a colleague just got a promotion (and we didn’t) is inevitable.” A study was also conducted, and the gathered data was from 4,000 UK workers with different jobs and positions in the age group of 16-65. The data shows worrying results of mental health problems among the lower paid positions. Even therapists who assist people with issues would agree to this.  Low-paid workers are prone to develop serious mental health problems like Paranoid Personality Disorder and Avoidant Personality Disorder. Almost everyone who participated in the study shows signs of having a mental health problem. 19% showed signs of depression, 15% had suicidal tendencies, 10% developed paranoia, 7% displayed signs of psychotic behaviors, and 4% experienced hallucinations. This is alarming for these are low-paid workers who cannot afford treatment for their mental health problems. A person’s low income dramatically affects their overall physical and mental health. The thought of having to pay bills and buy their needs can give a person stress and anxiety, especially when they struggle to make ends meet.  Even employees who are not diagnosed can still display signs of mental illness. Many employees whom we assessed are struggling with mental health problems. 38% of the workers show signs of irritability, 34% are always tired, 19% are displaying symptoms of depression, and 18% already have anxiety.  Having a low income has many problems with it and being in the lower ranks of the workplace can lead to stress because of strict working schedules, insecurity, poor pay, and promotion. These are all the factors that can affect a person’s health and sadly, is established by the organization itself. “Higher income is linked with more frequent feelings of happiness, life-satisfaction, and overall well-being,” explains David Russell, Ph.D. “Consistent with this statement, results from a large national survey found that 44% of people in a high income group reported feeling very happy compared to only 16% in a low income group.” These symptoms may not be a sign that a person has mental health problems, but exposure to stress and anxiety over a long period can lead to severe problems and psychiatric disorders. Unfortunately, these mental health issues are not being addressed by companies and organizations.  What Are The Causes?  To find out if the workplace is the cause of mental health problems with workers, research has been conducted by specialists. This study shows abusive supervision where the boss or manager doesn’t treat his employees the right way and use his position to show hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal. They say degrading, and humiliating things and this can cause low self-esteem and anxiety to the employee.  This kind of behavior from the heads of the workplace also causes paranoia to their employees. The fact that their bosses can be abusive can lead to them over thinking and having no confidence in their job and skills.  An abusive boss can create a toxic environment in the workplace that causes misbehavior from the employees. Stealing and bad commenting on anything can lead to more toxic traits that then leads to a stressful working environment and ultimately, physical and mental health problems of the employees. “Toxic workplaces can take many different forms to those in which overt bullying is condoned, to jobs where harassment and hostile workplace characteristics are commonplace, to those in which hard work is taken for granted  and workers feel neglected and invalidated,” notes Alan A. Cavaiola, Ph.D. He says, “Granted work is not supposed to fun but on the other hand it shouldn’t be punishing or demeaning right?” How Should We Avoid This? Being a boss does not mean you get to be mean to your employees. Even the low-paid workers are supposed to be treated with kindness and respect. All their work are what’s holding the company together, and if they feel abused in any way, they can ally and bring down the organization with them. As employees, you have to make your workplace mentally healthy so you can perform well. You cannot work correctly and do your best if you are stressed and full of anxiety. We cannot control how a boss treats us, but we can still control the environment we’re in – make a choice. Conclusion If a workplace is so toxic that you cannot stand it, maybe it’s time to look for another job. Money is essential, but you need to take care of your overall well-being. You cannot work if you have physical and mental health problems, and this will only add to the bills you need to pay. Health is wealth, so if you still have options regarding work, make sure you put some effort into thinking about it. At this age, you need to keep yourself in check, or else you may fall apart, and what for? A toxic job? Remember, there are still other jobs out there, and you are entitled to leave a workplace that pays low and gives you additional problems. In time, you will find that job that gives you peace of mind even if the pay is not high enough, at least your physical and mental health is excellent. It is not selfish to think about yourself and to take care of yourself.  Now, if you are in the right place, perform at your best so you can stay with the career that you love and to a work environment where you are valued. 

Stress Of The Unemployed: I Lost My Job! What To Do?

May 31, 2019
Losing a job can take a toll on your physical health and mental well-being. It is hard to deal with this and tough to start over again. Looking for a new job and coming back with negative results can give you feelings of self-doubt and you will question yourself if you are not good enough to find work. This is a “psychology of the mind” problem. With this, you are now reading an article that will help you cope with your feelings after a job loss and help you boost your confidence so you can feel good about yourself. Why Is Job Loss So Stressful? Having a job is not for paying the bills but for your sense of purpose and meaning. According to Melanie Greenberg Ph.D., “Research studies have shown that job loss can take a psychological and biological toll as well, leading to depression, anxiety disorders, increased somatic symptoms, such as fatigue or headaches, and higher rates of medical illness.” They give structure in our lives, and it’s hard when this structure is shattered. Losing a job also comes with other things to fall apart like: Professional Identity Self-esteem and self-confidence Daily routine Work-based social network Sense of security Don’t feel like you’ve lost everything. There is still hope, and if you are determined enough, soon you’ll land on another job; maybe an even better one. Grief After Job Loss It is normal to grief after a job loss. It can be hard to accept that your daily routine no longer exists and you might feel like you don’t have a purpose anymore. Clinical psychologist Kathleen Brehony, Ph.D. explains, “All job losses sting. People who don’t care about their jobs quit. Employees who remain almost always have an emotional investment that causes them pain when they are asked to leave before they’re ready to.” There are ways to deal with this grief: Give yourself time to adjust. It may be sudden, and you might feel worthless, but that’s not true. “Even if it has nothing to do with one’s own performance and results from downsizing, restructuring, a company closing or general economic conditions, being let go is a very threatening experience,” Cheryl Pepper, Ph.D points out. Instead, tell yourself that you have been working long enough and just recently lost your job. It’s not like it has been years since you last had a job. Stay positive. Think of your job loss as a temporary setback. Remind yourself that this will not be your situation for long. This is just a small bump in the road that you will overcome. You have training and skills and can find another job soon. Creatively express your feelings. Writing in a journal can help you cope with your job loss. There are other ways to cope, and it’s up to you to figure out the best way for you. Reach Out And Stay Strong It is natural to withdraw from people when you just lost your job. You might feel judged if a person asks you if you are working and tell them you just recently lost your job, but you still have to reach out to people so they can help you to cope. Talking to other people about your recent job loss can help relieve some tension and stress that you are feeling. They may not offer any solutions for you but having someone to listen to you can be a great help. Reaching out to other people can help you feel like you are in control of your situation, and you might be surprised by what opportunities will arise. Opening up to someone doesn’t make you a burden to them but will make them feel honored that you would want to confide in them during hard times. Developing New Relationships After A Job Loss You might have missed out while you were still working so this job loss can open new doors for reconnecting with friends and even building new friendships. Go and contact your friends and catch up with each other’s lives. You can also attend classes or clubs, engage in a sports team, or volunteer to meet new people who have the same interests as you. Involve Your Family For Support Keeping your job loss a secret to your family can add more problems than you know. It’s best to let them in on what’s happening so they can support you and help you. Open up to your family. They will understand what you are going through and will always be there for you in times like this don’t be afraid to tell them what you are going through. Listen to their concerns. It is usual for them to be worried about you, and they might even have suggestions that will be a huge help. Don’t take their advice the wrong way. Make time for family fun. This will strengthen your bond as a family and help you forget your unemployment problems for a bit. Face Your Feelings Accept the fact that you lost your job. It is okay to grieve, but you have to let go of this feeling eventually. Remember that a lot of people are going through the same thing as you are, and they still find a way to stay positive. If it’s possible for them, it is possible for you. Don’t ignore your feelings and let them flow through you until they are gone. This is the best way to eliminate those negative emotions and use them to be more determined in finding a new and better job.


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