Almost every sector of the UK job market has been hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Even those performing well now, such as supermarkets and medical businesses, could see business fall off should a recession hit before the end of the year. Jobs have been lost and more will go as the inevitable employment crisis kicks in. Right now, job satisfaction is the last thing on most people’s minds. Instead, most are worried about their job security.
These are dark times, but in order to look after your mental health, it’s important to remain positive and there are plenty of things you can do to boost your emotional wellness.
5 Ways To Look After Your Mental Health Amid A Lack Of Job Security
Make use of your time – This is a unique time in modern history. If you’re out of work, or furloughed, you’ll have a lot of free time on your hands. Use it to do something productive. Whether that’s updating your CV, job searching or learning a new skill, this is an unmissable opportunity to both protect your job security and further your self-development.
Spend quality time with those you love– Again, not having to go to work means you get to spend more time with loved ones. Just make sure that, if you’re in lockdown, they live with you, or apply social distancing rules. Check in with elderly relatives using video calling apps and let them know you care.
Focus on hobbies – This is an excellent opportunity to spend more time on your favourite hobby or even start a new one, as long, of course, as you stick to lockdown restrictions. More people are spending time on home cooking, baking and gardening. Others are learning to play an instrument, or doing crafts. All of these activities can be very therapeutic and give your mental health a boost.
Don’t forget to exercise – Exercise is proven to help with mental health, as well as combat depression and anxiety. Of course, there are the physical benefits too. Even dancing around your living room to your favourite music is good exercise and can make you feel better instantly.
Practice mindfulness – This is a time to proactively look after your emotional wellness and mental health. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness techniques can help you relax, feel less anxious and more positive during this difficult time. You might find some exercises so beneficial that they became a habit you keep when this is all over.
If you look closely enough, you can find something positive in almost everything. For instance, many workers will be looking forward to greater job satisfaction as a result of more flexi-work practices when this is all over. And if you’re worried about your job security, this is the perfect time to do something about it. Visit Zoek UK to set up alerts for opportunities in your career niche throughout the UK job market. Even if you do lose your job, you might find a better one sooner than you think, switch career or even go back to study.
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