As a result of the past few months, many will have lost their jobs or be facing job uncertainty. Having worked in the mental health and employment industries for many years now, I would like to offer some thoughts to consider.
There are many things in life which we can control; this is not one of them. There is nothing you can do about this. Yet many will feel a sense of responsibility, and anxiety. This is natural, but if allowed to fester can cause long-term issues.
There is always a part of us that feels anxious and scared, like a child. This may come to the fore in these circumstances. Be kind to yourself. Regularly talk with yourself, a trusted family member or friend. A client once told me she writes down negative statements about herself. I suggested that for every negative statement, she then writes a positive statement underneath. It can be about your skills, your achievements, or if you enjoyed a chat with a friend. It does not have to be written at the same moment. This helps balance the inevitable negative feelings you may be experiencing.
Keeping to a routine.
Keeping to a routine will help keep track of the day and your goals, and reflects the working day of your industry. Get up at your normal time for work, lunch at the same time etc. Try not to drink on a “school night”. Keep to a normal routine. If you have lapses, then that is okay. Start the next day with your original intention.
You may find it difficult to sleep. Mindfulness techniques can help. Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier than usual and listen to a mindfulness app. Do this at least four times per week. You can download free mindfulness apps on Google Play or Apple App Store.
Goals & confidence
Make your goals achievable and believe in your abilities. Do not set yourself up to fail. Confidence will be understandably low or at least brittle. Prepare for success but understand there may be rejection. Recruitment relies on more people losing out on an opportunity than being successful. This is not your fault.
If you feel your anxieties or bouts of low mood are too strong and for too long, contact your GP for support. It is not failure; it is taking care of yourself.
Many therapists will offer compelling reasons to invest in their type of therapy. Choose the therapy and therapist you feel speaks to you.
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