There is a lot of worry and concern around at the moment regarding the economy, as the whole world is trying to deal with the ongoing pandemic and how we are going to recover and rebuild from its aftermath. You can’t watch the news without seeing stories about job losses, businesses closing, redundancies and when the inevitable ending of furlough will be.

The madness we are living through has understandably made people across many industries and across the world, worried about losing their jobs. These concerns can take a toll on, not just your mental, but physical health as well, especially when coupled with worries about how long it could take to get another job in this economic climate. For many it is too late, you’ve already lost your job and you are trying to acquire a new position during this most turbulent of times.

While you cannot compare the threat of losing a job with actually losing a loved one, the ongoing, gnawing effects of the stress this is causing, should never be underestimated.

Before I go on, it is worth briefly looking at what the main causes of stress are in this context. Stress comes from fear. Fear, like so many of our negative emotions, has a real purpose. It is meant to protect us and to motivate us in a specific moment, when our life or well-being is directly threatened. Normally fear is an immediate reaction to whatever has startled you and soon dissipates when that stimulus has gone. The problem arises here when your fear is about something that could happen in the future; you inevitably hold onto that fear for far longer than we are meant to and fear becomes stress.

Ongoing fears about losing your job can make existing mental health conditions, like anxiety and depression worse. Physically, stress can lead to headaches, problems sleeping, reduced immune system function, changes in appetite and digestive issues. Over time, the fear of being made redundant or not getting another job, can take a toll on your mental and physical health.

We all know some people can thrive under extreme pressure; the sportsperson about to take that shot or the soldier seemingly remaining calm under fire. But for others, it hinders their performance at a time when they really want to excel.

Chronic stress impacts our cognitive abilities, you may struggle to concentrate or complete tasks to the best of your ability; it may stop you from being able to complete tasks on time, or at all. Stress can stop you from coming up with creative and innovative solutions to issues you would normally have little problem with.

Such fears may also make it more challenging to manage your moods, which can put a strain on relationships with your colleagues, not to mention play havoc with your home life.

So, after all that, what can you do to help yourself cope, when you’re constantly worried about losing your job?

Palayan City First of all, acknowledge your fear!

Between everything you’re seeing in the news, reading on social media and what you’re hearing from people in your life, who are out of work and struggling, it’s only natural for fear about losing your job to pop up. Instead of burying these distressing emotions, take time to acknowledge them.

Always remember, that when the whole world is in a storm, you cannot be the only one getting wet…you are not the only one going through this…you are not alone.

Also, it makes perfect sense that some of us don’t want to slow down and feel our emotions, as many of us learned from a young age, to just run faster and harder; that is how we are successful. You are worried that stopping and feeling the fear will slow you down at a time you feel you need speed up.

So, try writing your feelings down in a journal, talk to a trusted friend, family member or co-worker; or, open up to a professional such as a coach or therapist. As with any mental health issue, the simple act of opening up can help enormously.

gabapentin buy online australia Ask your boss what you can do right now.

Talk to your manager about how you can be an even better asset to the organisation during this time. This will help you focus on aspects of the situation that you can control, rather than those you can’t.

Examples of questions you could ask your boss are what three deliverables would you like to see from me by the end of the month? What is the one thing I could do to increase my or my team’s output this week? Or, what can I do to help the team’s morale at this trying time?

Taking action in this way is empowering and acts as a great antidote to the cycle of fear we are living through. There is extreme uncertainty in our world right now, but focusing on the things that you can affect and getting up and visibly excelling at actions that you’re good at, is both energising and emboldening.

Also, I can assure you, that if you are worried about the situation, your boss is as well; particularly if it is their business. You may be helping them in more ways than you’d know.

Cinco Ranch Try practising radical acceptance.

Radical acceptance is a skill that requires you to rationalise your life events, or circumstances that are beyond your control, just for what they are…beyond your control, instead of fighting against them.

Now, apologies as I know this is a bit “coachy”, but please allow me to explain by way of an example.

For instance, you cannot control the tremendous financial hit your employer has taken as a result of the pandemic, which has triggered your fears of losing your job. Examples of fighting reality, in this case, might be thoughts like: “Why is this happening to my employer?” or “They can’t do this to me.”

You can only do what you can do and you can only control what you can control. While the financial situation is entirely your businesses problem, there is nothing you can do, directly, to fix it; you can only do your job to the best of your ability.

While radical acceptance doesn’t necessarily solve the potential issue, it does bring people back to the present moment, which is a helpful place to be if the worst-case scenario does happen; it puts us in a more solution-oriented, rather than fear-oriented, place of mind.

Lomas del Sur Every day accomplish one task you’ve been avoiding.

I challenged myself to do something each day that moves my business, friends or family forward. This gives me a great sense of accomplishment that creates positive momentum both at work and at home.

I turn it into a game; I make my perfect cup of tea and then set a timer. In 45 minutes, my hard, boring or frustrating thing must be done. I make the call or send the email or write the article (including this one).

Think about a couple of things you could do that will help you land on your feet if you do lose your job, or if you already have, and do them.
Be proactive, so you are positioned as well as possible for an uncertain future. That might mean updating your CV and LinkedIn profile, taking an online course to expand your skillset, searching for online job postings that excite you or reaching out to a professional mentor.

Difficult times are when successful and resilient people create and innovate. There are always opportunities, so if you keep your mind on that, rather than the fear of losing your job, you’re more likely to recognise those opportunities when they present themselves and will be ready to jump on them. Remember to take your blinkers off, look at each job description and person specification honestly and openly, there are more jobs you could do than you think you can; be flexible.

When you’re dealing with anxiety about your job, set aside time to slow down and take care of yourself.

The pressure to keep your job may have you burning the candle at both ends: working through lunch and during the evenings and weekends, while also trying to home-school the kids, pay the bills and keep the kitchen clean. If you keep going at this pace, you’re going to burn out.

Put time aside, even if it’s just 15 or 20 minutes a day, for self-care. Spend some time outside, bake a cake, listen to a podcast, stroke a pet, read a few pages in a book, go to bed earlier, do a home workout; anything that will make you feel more grounded.

Do those things that get you out of your head and keep you in the best physical, mental and emotional shape you possibly can be. If you were to be made redundant, you’ll need to be prepared to work out a solution to that problem and we’re more easily able to do that when we’re taking care of ourselves.

I hope this helps you to focus on what you can influence and to make yourself as prepared as you can for what is to come.

Don’t hesitate to message me if I can be of any further assistance to you, your team or your service users.