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How To Cope With an Unemployed Partner

How To Cope With an Unemployed Partner

Christina Macres | AdminSecret

Treating Unemployment as Temporary

Both you and your significant other must exercise an attitude that treats unemployment as temporary. Rejection, while difficult, is inevitable during this time. It’s important to keep in mind that the more jobs applied to, the more employment opportunities are created. Most times, just being an active job hunter (or support to a job hunter) can help combat feeling of dejection and unhappiness.

Feeling Thoughts of Guilt

At this time, it can be easy to slip into feelings of guilt over being employed; you have what your significant other desperately wants. But don’t let this be a cause for self-sabotage. You should feel lucky that you can provide for your significant other monetarily and emotionally during this time.

Managing Feelings of Jealously

The most contaminating emotion for a couple coping with unemployment is resentment. At times the jobless partner may feel jealous because they live so close to someone who has what they want. Your workday could become a daily reminder of what they don’t have. If this is the case in your relationship, you must make communication your main priority. It might be painful to be told that your employment elicits bitterness from your significant other, but talking through these thoughts can help both sides better understand each other’s emotions.

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