Feeling financially knocked down by Lockdown?
Posted on 20th May 2020 at 16:10
Have you been furloughed, taken a pay cut, or lost your job as a direct result of COVID-19 and Lockdown? Are you still working but worried about the long-term impact on your income? Many people are feeling just as anxious about finances as they are about catching the virus. Yesterday, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak told us not to expect a quick economic recovery and that the number claiming Unemployment Benefit soared in April.
Nobody could have planned financially for this or saved up and put money aside; it was not a predictable loss. However, the loss of income or loss of financial security is causing pain and disruption.
You've experienced a loss
‘What’s done is done’ and ‘You have to move onwards and upwards’ may sound like familiar terms as we rely on old ideas to deal with whatever crisis confronts us. You will probably agree that they’re very unhelpful statements to handle the emotions you might be feeling about your loss.
Feeling low is a normal response when you've lost your job, had some of your work taken away, you’ve been made redundant, or you're struggling with debt. You may be feeling, thinking, or behaving in ways that you’re not used to. That doesn’t necessarily mean you're suffering from depression or an anxiety disorder, you are most likely dealing with the symptoms of loss.
What you can do to take care of your feelings
Take care of your basic needs. Sleep, eat and exercise.
Keep to a routine.
Don’t replace your feelings of loss with excess alcohol, cigarettes, or food, as this is likely to lead to you feeling worse in the longer term.
Be honest with yourself about how you’re feeling and talk to someone who will listen without judging or interrupting.
Read our free Living Through Lockdown ebook for more ways to take care of yourself.
Have you seen our Top 5 tips for living through lockdown?
Take a look at our 5-point Plan for how to cope, improve your relationships and start feeling better today:
2. Be present
5. Say goodbye
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Would you like to speak to someone or are considering a Grief Recovery programme? Click here to find an online Specialist who can help you right away.
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