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Dealing with your mental health is never straightforward, but it can be even more difficult to cope after being made redundant. Read on to learn more about my top tips for coping with your mental wellbeing after redundancy…
If you are being made redundant, it is likely to be one of the most difficult things you will ever have to contend with. You may have already made arrangements with an employment law solicitor, but it’s still bound to be a trying time for you and your family. It’s no surprise then that your mental health can be affected.
There has unfortunately been a recent spike in the number of redundancies occurring due to the coronavirus pandemic. So much so, the Citizens Advice Bureau has suggested up to a million workers could be made redundant in the UK alone. So how can we look after our mental health during such trying times?
To help answer that question and more, read on to find out my top 10 tips for coping with your mental health after being made redundant…
How Can Being Made Redundant Affect Your Mental Health?
In life, we are all bound to stumble across obstacles in our path, right? Well, being made redundant is one of the biggest obstacles there is. You will have lost your main source of income, your daily routine, and will have no idea what’s lying around the corner. Of course, it’s natural to feel a little unsettled.
If you don’t take the time to look after your mental health, your redundancy could result in long lasting effects, not just for your own wellbeing, but for your family as well. So, let’s see how you can support yourself throughout these tough times…
10 Top Tips for Dealing with Your Mental Health After Redundancy
You are bound to be feeling concerned about the future after being made redundant – particularly if it was caused by the coronavirus pandemic. With that in mind, take a look at some of my tips that you can use to help put your mind at ease:
1. Be Open with Your Loved Ones
If you’ve been made redundant, one of the first things you need to do is to be open and honest with your loved ones. There is no use in trying to hide the situation away as this is only likely to cause further issues down the line. Put simply, you cannot hide something which is now out of your control.
Your loved ones will be more than happy to provide you with the emotional support you need at this difficult time, as well as offering any advice about what steps you need to take to get yourself back on your feet. They may even be able to help out with your finances, which will help you to concentrate on other matters for the time being. Never be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
2. Stay Active
One of the best ways of managing your mental health is to remain physically active. I appreciate not everyone’s a fan of playing sports or going to the gym, but you can still make an effort to do some basic outdoor exercise, such as going for a short walk or riding a bike.
Physical exercise can have a hugely positive effect on your mental health. It can help to improve your memory, allow you to sleep better and reduce stress and anxiety. Spending as little as half an hour a day exercising could truly boost your mentality.
3. Don’t Forget About Your Leisure Time
You may feel as though everything in your life will need to be put on pause while you search for a new job. That doesn’t need to be the case. You shouldn’t let your situation prevent you from keeping up with the hobbies you enjoy in your spare time. Make sure you live a little!
It’s always good to have a think about what makes you happy. Play sports, spend time with your friends, or even stay in and watch your favourite box set – it’s your call. If you had the time to enjoy these activities while you were working, then there is no reason why you can’t keep doing so.
4. Maintain a Healthy Diet
Spending time away from a working environment may tempt you into slipping into bad eating habits such as snacking and eating foods that are high in sugar or saturated fats. This could mean that you miss out on vital nutrients and vitamins that contribute towards poor concentration, stress and irritability. It’s truly surprising how important your diet can be when it comes to your mental health.
Making a healthy diet plan, drinking plenty of water, and eating fresh fruit and vegetables can provide you with more energy, improve your sleeping patterns, and boost your overall mood. So, start eating those greens…
Meditation may not be something you have ever tried or even considered before, but it is the perfect way of helping you to relax and find inner peace. But how exactly does it work?
Well, there are multiple forms of meditation, so take some time to do a spot of research, particularly if you’ve never meditated before. Meditation can also be used to improve mindfulness, which is where you are aware of what is going on inside and outside of yourself at any moment. This can be very useful for figuring out how you view your own mental health.
6. Take Your Time
Don’t feel as though your redundancy means you have to apply for jobs that don’t interest you. You will have plenty of time to consider whether you want to remain in the industry you were previously working in, or if you want to make a career switch that would be suitable for your skills and interests.
Sure, you may feel under pressure to apply for a new job as soon as possible, but you should take the time to consider if it’s the industry and company you really want to return to work with. Sorting your finances may be a priority, but you want to enter a job that will ultimately leave you fulfilled.
7. Stay in Touch with Your Old Colleagues
Face-to-face contact is something we often take for granted, particularly when you are used to working in a bustling environment on a day-to-day basis. In fact, speaking to a familiar face is one of the best ways of reducing signs of stress and anxiety.
So, what’s stopping you from staying in touch with your old colleagues? It could be the case that you are in the same boat, so you can always share your experiences with one another to help you cope without being in work. After all, they are bound to know exactly how you feel.
8. Have a Set Routine
When you’re working, you will naturally have a set routine that you follow religiously every day. If you are removed from that sort of environment, it’ll probably be difficult to stick to this.
That being said, it’s still vital that you make a conscious effort to do so. Get the right amount of sleep every day, get out of bed at a reasonable time, and have set times to complete tasks such as job hunting. Just because you are out of work, it doesn’t mean that you can’t remain organised.
9. Don’t Be Afraid to Reach Out to Professionals
If you are struggling with your mental health after being made redundant, then there is no shame in getting some support. It’s bound to be a highly stressful period for yourself, so sharing your thoughts and feelings with those closest to you is a sensible idea.
If you don’t feel comfortable sharing how you are feeling with your loved ones, then there are plenty of organisations who you can reach out to, such as mind. Even if you aren’t looking for any advice, simply sharing how you’re feeling will help you come to terms with being made redundant.
10. Don’t Dwell on the Past
If you’ve been made redundant, quite often the situation was out of your control, so there would have been no way of avoiding the situation. With that in mind, looking ahead to what steps you can take in the coming weeks and months is more beneficial for your mental health than dwelling on the past.
The worst may have happened, but taking a proactive approach will help you to come out the other side with a better outlook. Who knows, being made redundant may have even opened up doors which previously seemed to be closed shut…
Have you Recently Been Made Redundant?
So, there we have it, my top tips for dealing with your mental health after being made redundant.
The recent coronavirus outbreak has led to a sharp increase in redundancies in a variety of sectors. You certainly won’t be alone aren’t alone right now, so have a scout for any forums where you can share your thoughts with people who have found themselves in the same situation.
On that note, if you have been made redundant and have any further advice, be sure to leave a comment below. Any piece of insight can go a long way!
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have found this post useful in some way. You may find my post on self-care also helpful in these times.