With so little job security, so much redundancy and the cost of living rising at an unprecedented rate, it’s no surprise that so many people are suffering
It is a particularly tough time for those who have already lost their jobs, especially if they find themselves having to start out again in a new field.
You can’t control the economy or your employer. So what can you do to cope more effectively with uncertainty in the workplace?
While it is normal to feel anxious if you feel your job is under threat, there is a great deal you can do to minimize any negative impact this might have
on your physical and mental health. Amy Martinez recommends developing resilience and taking better care of yourself:
Take care of yourself. That inner voice that tells you to take better care of yourself is right. When you do, you’ll find it’s easier to cope with stress,
difficulties, roadblocks, criticism, rejection, or change. Consider five types of health: physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual.
- What can you do to build physical energy? Get up and move every 90 to 120 minutes. Suggest a walking meeting with a co-worker.
Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Each week, do some sort of physical activity—get your sweat on.
- What can you do to overcome mental fatigue and exhaustion? Take a break from the task at hand. Impose a change
of scenery with a short mental vacation by daydreaming, solving a challenging puzzle, or practicing a simple meditation technique.
- What can you do to become more conscious of your emotional triggers? Figure out who and what pushes your buttons. Slow down
so you can manage your reactions and choose your response. Try the “third-party observation” technique: objectively see the various
angles of this situation from different viewpoints, as if you were watching it unfold on film. Playing “witness” to your life allows you
to regain a sense of perspective.
- What can you do to create more meaningful and productive social relationships? Take an energy assessment of your relationships.
Choose to spend more time around those who feed your growth and impart energy, and less around those who drain you.
- What can you do to more effectively align your behaviors with your core values and purpose? Clarify what you value most,
quiet your mind or think about what inspires you. Connect to your energy source: a person, an idea, a doctrine, or a concept.
Read the full article here: 3 Ways to Boost Your Work Resilience
If you are about to lose your job, or have already lost it, take positive action, one step at a time. Don’t beat yourself up, but see this as a time to
reassess your priorities and focus on what you really want from your career. Perhaps it’s time to change direction or set up your own business.
The first step is to find a way to meet your immediate financial needs. So be sure that you claim any benefits you are entitled to. In the UK, you can
go to the job centre to discuss your situation and find out what you can claim. If you live elsewhere, make sure you go to the equivalent organization.
If you are dealing with unemployment, there is a lot you can do improve your situation. If you need to earn money immediately, consider a temporary job to pay the bills. This will take the edge off the stress and give you some room to think
about other things. You could do something you have never done before and gain some interesting new experience at the same time, even if it isn’t
your ideal job.
Once the initial financial situation has been eased, think about what you would really like to do and work out the first steps you can take towards your goal.
Even if you don’t have a lot of money, there will be something you can do today. You can find out about training courses or other ways to gain new skills.
You can do some research online to learn about new careers or how to set up a business.
It’s important to be open to new ideas. The world of work has changed dramatically and we need to be prepared to change with it. Although this can be
frightening and very challenging, if we persevere, we could find something much more interesting than what we were doing before.