Work provides so many aspects to our lives, it's more than just a pay check at the end of the month. Work provides a structure, purpose, self-belief, and many more, all of which contribute towards your well-being. Losing your job is a difficult and troubling time for many, regardless of the circumstances. For many, your personal identity is tied in with your role, and losing your job can result in a major setback on such. With the pandemic and the economic downturn that follows, it can cause a shock to the system to say the least. Whilst this is a process that takes time, regaining this confidence can be helped along with the following actions...
Engage in a broader set of hobbies.
It is easy to get wrapped up in the western culture of a heavy-work orientated lifestyle. Yet it is so important to ensure you have and engage in other activities outside of work. Engaging in these hobbies can help structure and diversify how you spend your time. Regardless of the nature of the hobby, spending time to be present and slow down can help you take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
What does your future self look like?
As we progress through life, our identities change and evolve with us. Take time to 'zoom out', consider the bigger picture, and ask yourself, 'Where do I want to be in 5 years time?'. Once you have addressed this, you can then start to consider what are the appropriate steps you need to take between now and then to ensure you can hit that future goal.
Reach out to family and friends.
It goes without saying, speaking to family and friends can help get you through difficult times. Not only this, it is surprising how many people will have been in the same position and can offer valuable advice. Talking to friends and family can remind you that work is not the be all and end all.
At Finlay James, we are here for you and want to help you. Our Consultants are trained to really get under the skin of what your next career move needs to look like, and will provide you with the best interview prep as well as help and support with managing your offer and contract with your new employer.