The Covid-19 pandemic hit us hard, and we won’t even see the real impact until a few years have passed. But, many people are feeling the effect now because they lost their job. Losing your job in a normal situation can bring depression, anxiety, and stress, but more so coupled with the pandemic. These are some tips to overcome the crisis.
It is hard to keep a routine when you don’t have any pressing responsibilities. After losing your job, you may feel tempted to stay all day in bed and maybe send a couple of applications from your phone and laptop. But this will only lead to you feeling more down and depressed.
That’s why you should try to keep a routine during this time. It doesn’t have to be the same as it was when you had a job, but maybe you can try waking up before noon and having a set of activities planned every day. Fill your days with things like working out, sending job applications, researching how to improve your curriculum, etc.
You can try learning a new skill to make the most of your days. One option is to learn something that will boost your resume. Research which skills are more sought after in your sector, or look at some abilities you have but need updating.
Also, you can even study something that you always wanted to learn but never had the chance before. Maybe you are a teacher, but you’ve always wanted to learn how to program. You can start by looking at what are the easiest programming languages and go from there.
When you find yourself unemployed, the best option is to tap into your savings while finding a new job. But research showed that 70 percent of Americans have less than $1,000 saved, and 45 percent have no savings at all. With these numbers, chances are that you won’t have much to fall back on, something that you should change with your next job.
But, in the meanwhile, you should create a new monthly budget that better adjusts to your unemployment status. Start cutting unnecessary expenses like buying expensive brands of products like shampoo and soap, and stop going out to eat every weekend. Anything you can change to lower your expenses will do.
Job searching is essential at this point in your life, but you have to be careful that it doesn’t take all your time. If you obsess over sending applications and why you haven’t been contacted yet, you will probably feel more stressed and anxious. An option is to make job searching part of your daily routine and limit it to a few hours.
You can take three or four hours every day to look for jobs and send applications. It is easier to stay motivated for a few hours a day instead of having to send applications all day long, which will only cause frustration.
Another thing to include in your day is to take time for yourself. This time can be dedicated to many things, but the idea is to do activities to improve your physical and mental health. You can work out to lose that weight you gain last Christmas or take meditation classes. You can also do yoga or go for a walk in the woods.
But, it doesn’t have to be something active; maybe it’s been a while since you stayed in and just enjoyed a good book and a cup of coffee. Or you want to spend some time doing that hobby that you neglected in the last few years. This time is for anything that makes you feel at peace, for your enjoyment, or that improves your health.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stressful situation on its own, but, coupled with losing your job and being in lockdown for a few months, it can result in mental health problems.
You probably worry about yourself or family members getting infected, have stress about your bills, feel depressed because you aren’t finding a new job, or are anxious about what will happen next. These feelings lead to other problems like not being able to sleep, having problems concentrating, turning to unhealthy habits to manage your emotions, and more.
You should analyze yourself and find healthy ways to manage and control these negative feelings. Including exercise and meditation in your daily routine can help. You can also talk about your emotions with your closest friend and family or enjoy some time with them.
While looking for a new position, a good option is to look for possible side hustles that can bring you extra money. Many companies in the retail and shipping industries have seen an increase in demand due to the pandemic. They offer part-time or even freelance jobs like delivering food and other items.
You could also search in your community for opportunities to make some extra cash. You can help neighbors with repairs around the house if you are handy enough, or be an extra pair of hands in some project. Another option is to volunteer in a company in your industry; this may not bring you monetary gain, but it can give you new connections and skills.
Spending all day in bed is the last thing you should do. Aim to keep yourself active with a daily routine full of activities. You can learn something new with an online course, work out, start meditating, spend time with friends and family, and look for jobs.
You can also make a new budget that allows you to live until you find a new job and look for a side hustle for extra money. Keep your head high and try to understand that you are not alone; talking out your feelings with others will help you.