Over the past year Houston has seen an enormous amount of job loss. Most of this has been due to the downturn in the oil industry and decline in crude prices. Because of how much this industry contributes to employment in Texas the amount of jobs that have been eliminated is staggering. The number of operational oil and gas rigs has declined by over 70% since 2014, causing nearly 100,000 people to lose their jobs. Many are feeling abandoned and hopeless, unsure of what to do next.
Houston’s unemployment is currently at around 5.5% which is higher than the national average and that number continues to rise. While that doesn’t seem like a large amount, if you’re part of that 5.5% then you know how crippling and difficult it is. Often times these feelings manifest into depression. While Texas has one of the lowest reported cases of depression per capita, there has been an upswing which follows the downswing in the oil industry. It’s quite obvious why, as unemployment offices are filled and alternative jobs are becoming scarce for jobseekers, people are worried about whether or not they can sustain their way of life.
If you’ve recently lost your job you may be struggling to pay bills and put food on the table. This is overwhelming and stressful, leading you to feel even more bogged down. It’s a vicious cycle, the worse it gets, the worse you feel, the less you feel you can do. Once this cycle spins out of control it can be hard to get back on track. Don’t worry if this sounds familiar to you, there is a way to reverse it and get your life back.
The most important thing is to keep yourself psychologically healthy. By doing this you’ll feel more capable of accomplishing your goals and you’ll have more energy. This is easier said than done of course, but if you find yourself struggling to have a positive outlook then it’s a good idea to seek help. A therapist can direct you to resources and strategies which can help break that vicious cycle and get you back on your feet. Just speaking with a professional can help reverse your outlook and a positive outlook can be enough to propel yourself forward.
Depression can make job loss seem like a drop in the bucket. It can overturn your life and stop you from being able to get anything done. But the economy and the job market will always be there, for better or for worse, and no matter how down you feel you can always get yourself back out there. Sometimes it just takes a single step to make a difference.