Unemployment: New Beginnings

By David Torrealba, a Venezuelan journalist, illustrator, and SEO writer. He has been creating content for blogs, social media, newspapers, and websites since 2016.

The year 2020 shook us all to the core, with the pandemic disrupting our way of life. Unfortunately, many lost their jobs amid the economic recession, even some people who felt very secure in their work positions. Nothing in this world is certain, but don’t let that get you down.

Whatever the reason for your unemployment, surely the situation has rocked your world in more ways than financial stability. However, focus on this very encouraging fact: losing your job is not final. Yes, it’s a rough time, but you need to get moving again, and soon enough you will be back on your feet. Here are some aspects to consider.

Why It Happened

This does not mean blaming yourself or wondering what you could have done to prevent the situation. What you need to define is the motive for your employer’s decision. Is the company going through a rough patch? If so, is this due to their particular circumstances, or is it an industry thing? Has your specific work position been affected by the current world situation? Why did your job become disposable and not somebody else’s?

Once again, this is not for you to dwell on your mistakes. These questions will help you understand the state of your industry within the pandemic, and thus give you a realistic perspective in your job search.

What Needs To Change

After having analyzed the logic behind losing your job, turn that information into concrete facts. Then use that information to trace your new career path, adapted to the times we are living in.

Let’s say, for example, that you lost your job because your place of work did not survive the blows of the pandemic. This happened to a lot of people in the restaurant industry, for example. What is this telling you? You need to move on to an industry that survived the pandemic.

The safest bet right now is tech. It doesn’t matter if you want to join the team of one of the big players in the game or combine your current skills with the tools of the future. Acquiring tech skills is going to guarantee you work in the future.

Reconsider Everything

If you’re looking for a new position, this is the time to consider where your career is headed. It’s now that you must consider whether you liked your old job if you saw opportunities to grow. Ask the hard questions, and something good will come out of this terrible situation.

Take this time also to think about what exactly you are looking for in a job, besides a good salary and fulfilling work. Perhaps you are looking for a position that leaves you with more time for yourself so that you can spend time with friends and family or explore a new hobby. Maybe you want a job that doesn’t involve the same stress levels as the previous one. Whatever the case may be, this is the best time to decide what your next job must look like

While you might feel a sense of urgency in finding a new job, there’s no point in finding something that will make you miserable. Allow yourself to stretch beyond your comfort zone. Besides, in the current state of things, it’s more than likely that you will have to be flexible to find a position. So, get ahead of the game and define what else you can do.

Stay Open to Opportunities

It may take you a couple of months to find the type of job you’re looking for. In the meantime, you must reach out to your network, and let everybody know that you’re on the hunt for a new position.

When you tell people about your situation, make sure to highlight your skills, assets, and expectations. Do not focus on what position you held before. By doing this, you might find occasional odd jobs to work from home or online. Don’t close yourself up to those opportunities. Besides adding to your income, this will allow you to explore other career paths. Stay open-minded.

Self-care

Now you have the time to do all that important personal work that you were ignoring because you lacked the time. Use this time to develop healthy habits that will help you cope with your current situation and thrive once you find a job and resume a normal life. Do you have a good morning routine? If not, now is the time to develop it. This morning routine can include meditation, reading an inspiring book, and writing in a journal.

Developing healthy habits won’t just benefit you at a personal level. Employers are looking for individuals with positive habits because they tend to be more stable and productive and improve the office environment. We recommend that you come up with a list of the habits that you want to develop and that you start practicing right away. Trust us; you’ll feel the difference.

Conclusion

Losing your job is not easy. It’s a forced change in the delicate balance of life, on top of all the things Covid-19 has made us deal with. But it’s nothing that can’t be fixed. You need to hold on to your confidence, work on your patience, and get moving. Keep calm and learn the lessons you need from these situations. Eventually, when you least expect it, what you need will come along. Your task now is to be ready to receive it. We don’t control what happens to us, but we do control how we handle it. There lies your power.

Finding Hope – 10 Tips for Reaching Mental Wellness and Practicing Self Care

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We want to thank you for your support and highlighted some action steps mentioned during the event that you can start taking right away! There are also some additional resources linked at the bottom of the page.

10 Tips for Reaching Mental Wellness and Practicing Self Care

Raeanne Woycenko

 
Self Care by definition is to take action to preserve or improve one’s health.
 
We have been taught and conditioned from a young age to be kind, help others, and be selfless, however, in today’s hectic world we are doing a disservice to ourselves and our loved ones when we don’t take time to care for ourselves first.
 
Think of the safety message we hear each time before we takeoff on a flight. The flight attendant announces, ‘In the event the cabin loses pressure we are to first place our own oxygen mask on before we help others’. This is so that we can in fact help others. This same type of safety message needs to be at the forefront of our minds each day as we go through life. We need to provide self-care to ourselves each day so that in turn we are strong and able to show up for our loved ones as the very best version of ourselves. Help yourself so that you may help others, it’s also an excellent practice to role-model for those around us.
 
When we recognize we aren’t feeling mentally or emotionally healthy, we need to take steps to get ourselves back on track. 
 
Here are some coping strategies and tips that were discussed in our Finding Hope webinar. We hope you will introduce some of them into your daily routine.
 
1.  Give thanks. It is important to express gratitude for even the smallest of life’s wonders. Even something we may normally take for granted, “like a tiny snowflake landing on your cheek” suggested Registered Nurse Gerri Harris, during the webinar.
   
Gratitude also helps us to recognize that we are part of something larger in life.
 
2.  Try new things. Find joy in learning about something new. Perhaps take up a new hobby, craft, or activity like snowshoeing where you can learn to appreciate and find joy in a season many of us dread. Trying something new allows us to focus for a period of time on something present rather than dwelling on something in the past or worrying about something in the future.
 
3.  Move your body. Start with a short walk around your block and add half a block each time you go out. If that sounds too daunting, even adding a few steps and walking to your kitchen from your bedroom, and then maybe to your living room the next day, and to the mailbox at your front door the day after. Each step doesn’t have to be large, it just needs to be forward motion, a little progress made each time. Not only does the sense of accomplishment feel good, but as you move your body you will get stronger, reduce stress hormones and produce endorphins – the feel-good neurotransmitters.
 
4.  Grounding Exercise shared by IGM Mental Health Clinician, Shawn O’Grady 
When you are feeling anxious and overwhelmed, slow down and ground yourself by using this 5-4-3-2-1 method. Place your hands on your thighs or rub your hands together, now look around you and notice 5 things you can see, 4 things you can feel, 3 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste. Share this technique with a trusted friend or family member so they can help you when they notice you are stressed or anxious. They can help by saying “I think it would be a good idea to do some grounding. Describe the top you’re wearing to me, tell me about what I’m wearing, what is the texture of the chair you’re sitting on?”
 
5.  “Don’t do it alone” was the piece of advice offered by Kelly Hrudey. Speak with a trusted friend or relative. Have those connections. Share your feelings. When you share with someone it helps you to feel mental and emotional relief. 
 
If you have a difficult time sharing with those close to you, schedule a time to meet with a mental health professional. “Unload your backpack” or “Drop your pack!” as IGM facilitator and former US Marine Derek Hines described it. “Talk about it and then let it go”.
 
6.  “Pick your hard” as I Got Mind’s Caitlyn Watters suggested. “Is it harder to do the work (to better your mental health), or is it harder to stay where you are?” Don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help. I Got Mind can help to connect you with a Professional through our partners at Hull Services.
 
7.  Keep a consistent routine and don’t over-schedule yourself. When we are running from task to task or activity to activity it causes us overload and stress. Slow down, allow extra time to alleviate the stress of running behind and keep balance in your life through offsetting some of your ‘busy’ activities with calmness from reading positive affirmations, meditating, or going for a walk.
 
Try to go to sleep and wake at a regular time each day, and do your best to get up, shower and dress. You will feel better.
 
8.  Breathing exercises help us to regulate our breathing rhythm. When we are stressed and anxious we tend to take quick, shallow breaths that come from our chests. This chest breathing can cause us to feel more stressed and anxious as it causes an upset in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in our body which results in feeling dizzy, having tension in our muscles, and an increased heart rate. When this happens our blood is not receiving proper oxygen and can cause a stress response that contributes to anxiety.
 
9.  Learn to love yourself! Practice self-care daily. Remember, as stated above; before you can give more to others, you have to give more to yourself first. Schedule some ‘me’ time into your day. Investing in your wellness is the best investment you can make.
 
10.  Be Proactive. Seek out information about how to stay ahead of the mental health curve. Learn about why we feel the way we do, what we can do to change things, learn new skills and develop healthy habits.
 
We are here to help! At I Got Mind we offer affordable and accessible online courses for individuals (you, your family), sport organizations, business, and schools.
 
Whether the need is big or small, we have solutions for you.

Resources and Learning Opportunities

IGM Mental Health Checklist

I Got Mind Professional Counselling Services. In house psychologists, individual or group sessions. Please contact [email protected]

I Got Mind Referral for Hull ServicesPlease contact [email protected]

Distress Centre – CALL 403.266.HELP(4357) If you need immediate help.

Centre for Suicide Prevention

IGM Introducing Stress Course – Gain a deeper understanding of the thing that can both destroy and create.

IGM Preparing to Adapt Course – Created to aid people during the first Covid 19 lockdown.

IGM Success Strategies Program – The signature program for clients, this WILL change your life.