Were you laid off by your employer during coronavirus? Failing to procure employment — or losing employment and, through it, health insurance — is one of the greatest stresses that United States citizens say they might have. That’s alongside near-poverty, which affects even upper middle class Americans, most of whom can’t even afford a single $400 unexpected expense. Coronavirus provided most of us with exactly that kind of liability, so what can we do?
First of all, don’t lose hope. Giving up simply makes it easier to wallow in despair, which only gets worse and worse.
You need to decide whether or not the circumstances of your termination made sense from a legal standpoint. Small and large businesses alike were already provided with a great deal of financial help during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, which means that laying off employees without cause isn’t necessarily an action with legal merit. Not sure whether or not your employer acted within the confines of the law? Find an employment attorney who can provide more information for your individual circumstances.
There’s the possibility that Congress will provide additional funding for struggling businesses and individuals in the coming months, but no one is holding their breath. For now, check with your local unemployment office for temporary relief while you search for a new job.
Already looking for a new job? Work takes up a lot of our time. For some of us, it provides much-needed exercise while we’re out of the house. When we don’t have a job, we need to take steps to get that exercise ourselves, which can be even more difficult because of coronavirus restrictions in crowded neighborhoods. Wear a mask whenever you leave home. But try to make use of your free time to find natural areas to explore near you. Wooded areas in particular release “happy” hormones into your body, helping to relieve stress.
Even when you don’t have a job, it’s important to create a routine and stick with it. That means going to bed and waking up at similar times each day. It means taking a shower and putting on a new set of clothes — not pajamas — in the morning. You can perform these simple actions to inject a little normalcy into an unhappy situation, making it easier for you to stay content.
Make sure your kids or spouse are provided with the same structure. Don’t let anyone else take away from what you need to do for you!
Aside from outdoor exercise, we recommend listening to upbeat music several times a day. We recommend doing the dishes by hand instead of using the dishwasher, because manual labor can be cathartic. We recommend also putting away the “screens” an hour or two before bed. That means no TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone. Instead, pick up a book! Reading can help wire the brain to shut down when it’s ready.