The average worker is at work from 9 am to 5 pm every weekday. Some people even have to work on weekends just to earn enough money to pay their bills. The point is that work takes up a lot of time from the life of an average adult. So, what happens when you stop working suddenly because you got laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic? What do you do with all the free time you suddenly have every day? You might be tempted to freak out and fall into depression but resist the urge with every fiber in your being. The best way to do this is to keep busy with other activities.
1. Blow off Some Steam
Some people believe that the best way to avoid depression is to stop focusing on the problem. While this is a good thing, you must process your emotions first before you change your focus. Do what you need to do to blow off some steam first. If you don’t process negative emotions adequately, they will slowly zap your energy over time. Just try not to spend too much time processing your emotions. You’re not going to find a new job if you spend all your time feeling sorry for losing your job to Covid-19.
2. Put Your Finances in Order
Depending on your spending habits and former job, you might have enough money to last a few years, months, or, in the worst case, just a few days. In any case, taking time out to look at your finances will help you make a budget that fits your new reality. Take inventory of all the money you have left and see how long it would last at your current spending rate. If you think it is not going to last long enough, consider cutting out some unnecessary expenses and redirecting the money to other vital things.
3. Tell People You Need a Job
You might not be the kind of person who likes to burden others with your struggles but this might be a good time to start. It doesn’t mean you should ask for handouts, but consider telling family and friends about your current employment situation. You don’t know who might have a job opportunity or two for you. Apart from family and friends, you should also consider telling strangers that you’re job hunting. It might be a good way to network. If you have social media profiles, use them to join online groups of fellow job seekers. While you network, submit your resumes online through job hunting platforms.
4. Start a Wellness Routine
With so much extra time, one of the best things you can do is start a wellness routine. The best wellness routines are made up of yoga, healthy diets, strength training, and cardiovascular exercises. These activities are known to keep people physically and mentally fit especially when they are trying to recover from stressful events. Software engineers have come up with many wellness programs that you can download on your smartphone. Look for one that interests you and start following it.
5. Join a Job Training Platform
Online job training will allow you to improve your skills while you search for a new job. Right now, some of the best skills you can learn are software related. There are many reliable websites where you can learn how to become a web developer or web designer. Two reliable places for picking soft skills are Computersciencehero. If you have prior knowledge about software development, learning a new skill will not be too difficult. Apart from soft skills, you can also use your extra time to learn a new language or anything else that interests you. Learning a new skill is a good part of self-development.
The key to staying focused after you lose your job is keeping busy with productive activities. You can’t just wait for a new job to fall on your lap. Put yourself back in the job market. Even if you have the hope of being called back by your former company, it still helps to look for an alternative just in case things don’t work out. Improving your skills and staining mentally sane will also prepare you for possible job loss in the future.