Friday, November 4, 2016

20-Something, Unemployed, and Under Pressure: How Not to Totally Lose It

I've mentioned here before that our family is on the other side of a pretty long and difficult season. Earlier in the year, Chris was unemployed for nearly five months. We learned a lot during that time about our family and ourselves. It was a challenging time for our marriage and our emotional welbeing. Once Chris was offered a new job and we felt we had recovered from the stress of unemployment, I started thinking about what we could take away from that time. This piece was born from a lot of personal reflection and learning to communicate better with Chris about what was happening in our lives. I am so proud of this piece and happy to have found a home for it at Amendo. 

When my husband, Chris, lost his job early in our marriage, I felt overwhelmed with concern about what would follow. We were in our early 20s. I was finishing my bachelor’s degree and he was largely responsible for making sure we paid our rent each month, had money for groceries, and stayed current on our student loans. I was worried about the toll his job loss would have on our financial future, but I was also unsure of how unemployment would affect his view of himself and his mental health. Would he lose confidence in himself? Would he struggle with depression?
For 20-somethings like us, the unemployment rate is higher than any other age group in the United States. In fact, more than half ofunemployed individuals in this country are millennials. Chris found work again quickly, only to lose his job again earlier this year. Our student loan balance had barely changed and our expenses had risen since his first experience with unemployment. We were in our late 20s, with our third baby on the way and a mortgage payment. We spent five long months of unemployment fretting over what was next for our family. Read the rest at Amendo...

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