This year will go down as one of the most challenging in the lifetimes of many across the world. The coronavirus lockdown and the devastation that its brought to many communities across the world has been difficult for families and the bereaved. Meanwhile, the economic downturn that was precipitated by worldwide lockdowns, and disruptions of supply chains, has left many businesses unable to function, or forced to scale down. And this is impacting on staff, who are being made redundant in record numbers.
Here’s all you need to know about coping through the difficulties of 2020, and coming out punching into 2021.
For many people across the world, the pandemic has been an emotional challenge. Perhaps you didn’t realize it until the pandemic took away some of your cherished liberties, but we’re all social animals in need of friends, family and loved ones in order to build up our psychological wellbeing and positive state of mind.
We’re also used to a certain regime, a certain routine, and this has been profoundly disrupted by the pandemic and the impact it’s having on how we gather and enjoy life – and how we gather to work, too. This disruption has taken some getting used to. Across the remainder of 2020, make sure you have that human support, and that new rhythm and routine, to support your emotional wellbeing.
Jobs and Redundancy
The numbers of jobless in the world has taken a huge spike as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and it seems likely that it’s only going to get worse as global economies struggle to reach back to their pre-COVID productivity. This, sadly, means that hundreds of thousands of people are without work – many of them unexpectedly.
In order to cope with this sudden sea-change, it’s important that you seek tips to help you deal with unexpected job loss and the loss of earnings and financial security that being jobless brings about. You need to keep your spirits up, and search for new sources of income, at the same time as accepting that you had little power, given the circumstances, to avoid the loss of your job.
Of course, the global pandemic is in effect a global health crisis, and we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it continues into the present. As such, all responsible adults should be taking care of their personal health, and that of those around them, by maintaining excellent hand-washing hygiene and by wearing a face mask which will help protect you from getting ill.
But health is about more than avoiding illness. Make sure that you’re also eating a balanced diet, and that you’re able to get out for exercise as much as possible, Ensure, too, that you’re getting the right amount of sleep – especially if you’re currently unemployed. It’s important that you maintain a consistent sleep cycle if you’re to avoid fatigue and depression as a result of joblessness.
Use these three key tips to help you support your own health, and the health of others around you, in light of the challenges presented by COVID-19 this year.