A lot of people are dealing with unemployment due to the effects of COVID-19. During this stressful time, it’s important to nurture your body and mind so that you can best prepare for whatever is to come. Here are 5 tips on how to ease some stresses you might be facing from losing your job.
- Take time to process what is happening
Take the time to process what is happening and all of the emotions that are bubbling up. You will go through various stages of grief, so just be sure to give yourself time to mentally deal with what just happened. Cry if you want, shout if you must, just don’t keep it all bottled in.
- Focus on gratitude
Counting your blessings is one of the most effective ways to keep your head in a positive space. Times are tough, but if you focus on the things in your life that you are grateful for, you will get through this much easier. If you can’t think of anything at the moment, start small. Be grateful for that delicious cup of coffee in your hands or the warm bed you sleep in every night. Writing in a gratitude journal each day is a good way to make sure you complete this daily activity. Over time, your mindset will shift, leaving you feeling less hopeless and more blessed.
- Keep yourself physically and mentally active
Exercise and meditation are the two most impactful ways to help improve your mood. The endorphins you gain from working out and breaking a sweat will keep you feeling energized and positive. Pair this with daily meditation (as soon as you wake up is always recommended, but right after a workout can also be enjoyable). Continue a daily practice of mindfulness and exercise to keep yourself in top form during this difficult time.
- Stay FedIt can be hard feeding yourself and any dependents if you don’t have enough or any money coming in. Be sure to check with your local government to see how they are dealing with food issues during the pandemic. In addition to food banks, free meals and food boxes might be dispersed at schools, churches, senior centers, and food relief events during these difficult times.
- Adjust Your Social Media Habits
Social media can be a big stressor. From politics to CV-19 issues to seeing friends and celebrities post about seemingly perfect lives, it can make you want to pull your hair out. While we are advocates of taking social media breaks here and there, if you aren’t ready to deactivate any accounts right now, simply direct your attention to channels that don’t make you want to yell or cry. We love losing ourselves in TikTok videos for dance and humor or checking out YouTube for recipe ideas for all of the canned beans we have stockpiled.