Riding out the covid employment drought

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We are living in unprecedented times. This is an unfortunate fact which has meant our entire way of living has been uprooted. This has left many of us without employment and some without purpose. This can be especially hard for those out there who have families to look after and we understand how easy it is to get down about the current economic climate. I’m happy to say that there is still reason to keep a positive mindset. Quite often the greatest opportunities in life come during the greatest times of change. Here are our top four reasons to keep a positive mindset.

You are not alone

One of the best characteristics of an Australian is how proud we are. We love working hard to provide for ourselves and our families. It is this sense of pride that is hurting the most during the enormous layoffs across the country. It is easy to fall into the mindset of feeling ‘useless’ or like a ‘freeloader’. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Early estimates indicate that up to one million Australians have lost their job as a result of the Coronavirus. That’s almost 10% of our entire workforce. So, the next time you’re feeling like you aren’t doing enough, just remember that we are all finding ourselves in extraordinary times and it will take time to return to normal through no fault of your own.

Financial assistance is out there

Sometimes it can be hard to accept that you need help but there is no shame in it. Covid-19 has affected households across Australia and the most important thing right now is to keep a roof over your loved one’s heads and food on their table. If you need assistance log on to your MyGov account and apply for services such as Job Seeker, Job Keeper and Rent Assistance.

Downtime to reflect

Although nobody would wish for this current situation, it has presented a rare opportunity for much need rest, reflection and family time. You can use this time to do whatever you want. Sleep in, read, play with your kids or even do some home renovations. The chances of having this much spare time again are slim so get out there (maybe not physically) and make the most of it!

Opportunity for change

Is there something you’ve always wanted to do but never had the time? This could be a career change or returning to study. Too often do we fall into an unfulfilling routine while telling ourselves soft promises of doing it tomorrow, next week or next year. Life just seems to get in the way and too many of us never get around to it. This could be your chance to make that change. All of our routines have been shattered so why not rebuild it around something you would rather be doing. I don’t think we have to tell you about the mental health benefits that will come from living a life that gives you greater satisfaction.