How does one deal with the unforeseeable event as losing a job? People have often built their identity and life around the job they do. An average person spends a third of their life at work, around colleagues who at some point they would consider as friends or otherwise. How do you care for yourself when you are unemployed?
Some people get a sense of accomplishment from their job. For others, having a job is a means of survival. It grants the possibility to afford the necessities such as food, clothing and shelter. Without any substantial financial security like savings, facing unemployment can be extremely distressing and can have a detrimental effect on people's life.
We crave the feeling of being safe and the assurance that our basic need will be perpetually sustained. When the feeling of safeness is threatened, we feel the gravity of the uncertainty that comes with not being in employment. How do we navigate this period without plummeting into mental distresses such as anxieties, loneliness, depression and the sense of hopelessness?
It is important to recognise that the economy plunges sometimes, companies restructure or close down, these situations are out of your control so do not scold yourself. Marie Curie once said, “Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.”
Schedule time daily to find a new job. Seeking employment in itself is work and it is, therefore, beneficial to dedicate time to this process. Deciding the next career move, revamping CV, brushing up on interview skills and reaching out to prospective employers are all part of the process. Remain steadfast in looking and keeping faith that in good time you will find a suitable job.
Be thorough with your finances, put pen to paper and plan how you can effectively stretch your money. Create a budget and realistically gauge how long you can live without a paycheck. Is it feasible to get a part-time job in the meantime, if your capital is low?
Do everything you can to keep active. In times of difficulty, keep busy and use your energy to produce something positive. If you can still afford the gym membership, go to the gym or consider volunteering if you can. Endeavour to keep your friendships going and don't isolate you from the outside world. Your friends will be a support system in difficult moments and can help you maintain positive mental health.
Remember to find out the support available to you. There is no shame in asking for help when you most need. Like everything else in life, difficult times are temporary and that too shall pass.