The current situation has affected our lives at a rapid rate, leaving millions without jobs. With uncertainty surrounding the future, you might be feeling overwhelmed as to when, how, or if you will ever return to the working world you once knew? As a result, you have had to open up a large portion of your day. Spending all of this extra time at home without work or a steady income is distressing and potentially clouding your judgment. The extra stress could be causing you to make decisions that affect your recovery in a negative way. Understand that having a drink is not going to solve anything. This is a time to put your recovery tools to use, rise to the occasion, and start practicing active problem-solving.
The loss of a job is devastating for anybody at any point, but given the current circumstances that so many are facing, losing a job has taken on a new meaning. For one, it is completely circumstantial; there was nothing you did to get fired, and nothing your employer did to cause you to quit. Furthermore, this is unique because it might seem like there is no place to go. With so many businesses closed, the idea of going in for a job interview not only seems unlikely, but also uncertain as to when places will hold interviews again. Before you get ahead of yourself and stress over things out of your control, allow yourself time to grieve. Feel and recognize your emotions, let them flow through you—the sad, the angry, the uncertain. Your recovery has taught you that feeling your emotions will help you cope with them instead of bottling everything up inside. These feelings are natural and normal, and you do not need to avoid them.
Accept the Current Situation
It might be easy to get lost in your stress and retreat into isolation, but dwelling on the unknown is not productive. Understand this is a global pandemic that no country was prepared for. As a result, millions of people are experiencing the same things that you are. Life is different for everybody, and will be for a while. However, this period of uncertainty does not define you or others in your situation. Accepting what is happening will allow you to put things in perspective; you are not responsible for what has happened. Instead, focus on what you are responsible for, moving forward.
During this time, it could be normal to want to default to feeling fear. If your fear is a result of having financial stress, evaluate your finances. Consider the areas where spending might not be as necessary. By doing so, you can ration your savings and find ways to stretch those fiances to last longer.
Find the Unemployment Plan for You
Once you have a good idea about how long your finances will last, you can then explore other options; unemployment. Some states have implemented a pandemic unemployment option that takes into account that your loss of job was a result of the current situation and can, therefore, offer you benefits. There are other options designed to help you find the benefits you need; Nerdwallet.com and Findhelp.org are great resources to help find the financial, housing, and medical benefits within your community.
Maintain a Routine
Remember, your recovery comes first. Create a schedule filled with healthy distractions to keep you motivated to stay on course. Find projects or activities to help you through your day. Set meal times and remember to take time for yourself to meditate, read, or exercise. Just because you do not have a job does not mean you do not have a job to do. Avoid staying in bed or watching TV too long; give yourself a reason to get up and get motivated.
Limit Your Job Search
While this time might be causing you a lot of stress, you should limit your daily time searching for a job. When you spend all day tirelessly looking for a job, you place a lot of additional stress on yourself. Not only will this cause fast burnout and lack of motivation, but it can lead to negative thoughts and behaviors. In limiting your time by designating a specific time of day to search for a job, you are actually doing yourself a favor. When you set aside time, you likely will be more motivated to be productive during that time.
Remember that you are not alone. Reaching out to friends and family who are sharing your same stresses and anxieties can be reassuring. The reassurance that comes from talking with friends and family can also be enjoyable and calming for you. Take time to connect. Utilize the numerous options to stay in touch through video calls, emails, and phone calls. If you are still experiencing a great deal of stress and are worried that your sobriety is in question, do not hesitate to ask for help. At True Recovery, we pride ourselves on finding the right treatment for you. We are available 24/7, so please do not hesitate to call us today at (866)-399-6528.