We are all experiencing economic tough times due to the pandemic. With thousands of people losing their jobs, you may be in constant fear that you’re next on the layoff list in your job. If you’re unemployed, you may be applying to numerous jobs every day, hoping that someone will respond. While most people are more focused on securing a job and providing for their families, they may forget to look after their mental and physical health. It’s essential to stay centered and well-balanced when everything around you is spinning out of control. Below are five self-care and wellness tips from Talkspace for job-seekers during the Corona Virus pandemic:
- Maintain a routine
When going through tough times, it’s easy to find yourself spending the whole day in bed, especially if you’re unemployed. If you have suffered depression, keeping a routine is essential for your mental health and wellness. You don’t need a full schedule from morning to evening. You could commit to small things like making a healthy breakfast every day, doing some physical excises or yoga, and then spending some time on your job-hunting- just a simple routine will do.
- Have some fun
When you have negative emotions, especially about your economic status and the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s easy to lose focus and forget to have some fun. Do something that you like once in a while; it will lighten your mood and lift your spirits. Everyone has a different idea of fun; some enjoy a good book while others prefer playing sports or video games. Having a fun hobby will keep you busy during your free time while also boosting your morale.
- Rely on your support system
This is not the time to put a smile on your face and pretend everything is perfect.
It’s normal to feel anxious, depressed, or stressed out during the pandemic due to social isolation. Opening up to someone you trust can be very helpful, whether it’s your family, friends, or therapist. People who love you are always willing to help and be there for you when you need them. Talking with other people who are also looking for a job will offer support too. You can advise, encourage, and support each other through the journey.
- Learn the art of acceptance
The art of acceptance is easier said than done. But with a little help, this skill can be instrumental. Look at it this way: No matter how much you wish, things were different in the job market and universe, nothing will change until you learn how to live with the current situation and adapt accordingly. The first step is to accept things the way they are now and develop a way to adjust and live with it.
- Remember the self-care basics
There are things that we could do today that would make a difference in both our mental and physical health. Below are a few:
- Turn back to the basics- get enough sleep, eat a balanced diet, and drink enough water during the day.
- Do some exercises for both your mental and physical health
- When feeling anxious and overly stressed, take advantage of relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises
- Try writing down your thoughts in a journal and internalizing your feelings- this helps you make sense of what you are feeling at the moment
- Start practicing gratitude and write down a list of everything you are grateful for at the end of the day.
Job hunting is not a walk in the park, especially in the current difficult economic times. Ensure you are not neglecting your physical and mental health during these times, as it can make your life more difficult. Remember, you are not alone, everyone in the world is experiencing tough times right now, and nothing is temporary.
Remember that Talkspace is always there for telehealth and online counseling services.