How to Manage Personal and Professional In the Pandemic
Updated: Jun 19
After health, it is the economy that the ongoing Coronavirus Pandemic has had the biggest impact on. From troubling predictions about the state of the stocks to the long shuttered small businesses, everybody has felt the pinch, and the fact that there is no end in sight makes things even worse. In these times, it is completely natural to feel worried about your finances and your job security. You might even be among the unfortunate ones who have actually lost their job due to the economic downturn. The loss of a job or its looming possibility can threaten to overwhelm even the best of us - but we do not have to give into the pressure. Here are some ways in which you can protect your mental health from the professional turmoil you are facing in your life -
Pay Heed to Your Mind and Body - Stress manifests itself in numerous ways, ranging from lack of motivation and trouble sleeping, to feelings of tension in the muscles (especially the neck and shoulders), and an increased propensity towards anger, among many others. Recognizing these symptoms can be the first step towards accepting and working on the root cause.
Catch Up - For those working, a major shift has occurred from the office to the home. Brushing up on your skills and knowledge, including learning how to handle online meetings, getting a grip on collaborative methods such as GSuite, and reorganizing your daily routine can help you accommodate and reduce your worry and feeling of loss of control.
Communicate With Coworkers - Now more than ever is the time to reach out to those working with you, not just as colleagues, but also as human beings. Start personal group chats, send emails, make note of important days, and talk and share. You will end up not just with coping tips and tricks, but also with genuine social connections so important in these times of physical isolation.
Accept Reality - It can be hard, and even painful, to acknowledge the fact that your job is gone, or is in danger, at a time when things already seem to bleak and out of control. However, acceptance is one of the key perspective lenses that can help you move on, plan for what comes next, and look at alternative options. Fall back on your supportive net, and take your time to process things - it is okay to not feel okay.
For those who have lost their jobs in the pandemic, the going can be tough - but it is not impossible. It might seem hard, and even unfair, that you have to deal with something as basic as a job at such a time, but remember that you always have the potential to bounce back and come stronger - you just need to dig a little and leverage your personal and professional resources. Here are some handy practical tips that can help you get started -
Searching for the “right fit” - After narrowing down the roles and the companies you want to work for, direct your energies to the few first-rate job opportunities via networking, referral, etc.
Look at similar roles - Many companies have different titles for similar roles you might be interested in, so you can be on the lookout for that. You can also consider entering newer avenues that might advance your career.
Get some short-term work - Meanwhile you can undertake stuff like freelance assignments, volunteering, guest writing, internships, part-time commission-based sales, online tuitions, or other work that either leverage your talents or time.
Upskill yourself - Check out technologies that are digitally reworking your field of work, and equip yourself with expertise via online courses, expert certifications, etc.
CV Building: Update your resume in this spare time. Now would be a good time to reach out to some seniors in the same field who could give you feedback on your profile as well.
Connections: As work-from-home scenarios have increased globally, it's now much easier to expand on your online network through platforms like Linkedin. From referrals to hiring alerts, a strong online presence is much needed in today's competitive time.
In the end, perhaps the most important point to remember is that you are not alone in your struggle. There is help in all forms - knowledge, skills upgradation, feedback, mentorships, or just a sympathetic ear - available all around you. All you have to do is just reach out. So don’t let the fear and the stress stop you, don’t be afraid. Reach out, and give it your best, and you will bounce back stronger and reach higher.
By - Team AvaiLink and Team Covid-19 Helpline India Artwork by - Rozanne Jojo
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