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How to Take Care of your Mental Health if you are Unemployed

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the world. Due to the coronavirus induced lockdown, many people have lost their jobs. Many businesses have been shut down. People have been laid off from their jobs.

All these have impacted very negatively on the mental health of many. Financial stress, credit card bills, loans, etc have become a stress for them. Obviously, sudden unemployment is always distressing and a person’s daily routine is completely changed. It lowers one’s self-esteem and confidence as well. One start overthinking about the future and stops focusing on the present.

Unemployment always has an adverse effect on mental health. Therefore, taking care of it is extremely important during unemployment. If you are also going through hard times because of idleness and unemployment, then this article might help you.

Following are some of the tips that can help you take care of your mental health

Set physical goals

Work on your body and fitness during your unemployment period. This will help you in two ways. One, you will spend your free time doing something productive, and second, you will be physically fit which will automatically help you reduce your mental stress.

Start with small exercises and then gradually move on to full body training. You can start by running, jogging and skipping. It is not necessary to go to the gym. Do not worry if you cannot afford it. Your goal should be to be fitter both physically and mentally.

Stick to a daily routine

Whenever you are doing a 9 to 5 job, you follow a particular routine and you stick to it. However, during the unemployment period, it is difficult to stick to a daily routine. But also, it is very important to follow one.
When you follow a timetable, it becomes easier for you to be productive and stay motivated. Other than this, try to fix your sleeping time. Try waking up at the same time and set your sleeping time as well.
Make a to-do list of the works you need to complete for the day. Be it your physical exercises, the time you spend with your family, the time you spend searching for a job, etc. Everything needs to be noted and you should work according to the set timetable.

Do things that you love

Follow your passion and do the things that you love. We have heard many times that we need to take care of ourselves as well. During the tough times, we actually need to focus on it. Paint if you love to. Bring out your camera and click pictures if you love photography.

Do the things that actually make you happy. This will ease depression and anxiety, make you joyous and happy. There is no point crying over something which is out of your control. Focus on the things that you can control and that is your emotions, your needs, your mental health.

Learn something new

Never let a student inside you die. It is very important to keep on learning new things. While you are unemployed, spend time learning something that can improve your CV. Learn something that can help you in both your professional and personal life.

There are many free courses that Google offers. Undoubtedly, post coronavirus pandemic, companies will look for people who are multi-taskers. However, you do not need to stress and worry about it. All you need to do is to spend some time working upon yourself.
Also, you can learn some new hobbies. You can even play some sports that will keep you fit and healthy.

Meet new people

Be positive and strengthen your network. Meet new people. However, this won’t work for people who are introverts. Socializing is very important and it can also help you reduce your mental stress.

Talk to new people and share your thoughts. Listen to their thoughts and ideas as well. You might end up finding a new job for yourself while socializing. However, this should not be your motive so socializing. Meet and conversate with people to share ideas and thoughts, so that you can relieve yourself from mental stress.

Joe Maillet

Joe Maillet is an avid reader and a writer by heart. He is an author, freelance writer and a contributor writer, who write articles and blogs for various leading online media publications and for CEO and entrepreneurs from across the world. He keeps himself updated with the latest marketing trends and always recognized in the industry for providing solutions to B2B and B2C businesses.

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