People who become unemployed are more likely to become ill during the next 18 months than people who do not lose their jobs.
People who lost their job for reasons other than personal performanceâ€”factors beyond their control such as the business they worked for shutting down, for exampleâ€”reported new health conditions, including heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes, twice as often than people who were continuously employed.
Whether or not the people found another job quickly or remained unemployed did not seem to make a difference.
People who were already in poor health were more likely to lose their jobs through firing or lay offs, or to quit their jobs for health reasons. Being unemployed, also limit your ability to pay for healthcare, including preventative treatment. [handle unemployment]
If you have recently lost your job, it is important that you continue to take care of your health, and handle the stress of your situation in healthy ways, rather than turning to food, smoking, or alcohol. It is also important that you do not allow depression to set in and rob you of opportunities to be active.