The current COVID-19 pandemic is affecting businesses of all sizes throughout the United Kingdom. Indeed, many sectors of industry are having to make part of their workforce redundant. Unquestionably, redundancy has a devastating, physical, financial and mental effect on all those affected. Construction Industry centred mental health charity Mates in Mind, is so concerned about the potential effects of redundancy due to coronavirus that it has published a call for donations to it Covid-19 relief fund. With this in mind, we explore how you can look after your mental health in these unprecedented times.
Banish any feelings of guilt
It is important for your mental health to recognise it is not your fault if you are made redundant. It can be easy to fall into the trap of having an overwhelming sense of guilt, feeling worthless and letting your family down. Work hard to keep a sense of perspective and remember that it was your job that was made redundant and not you!
Keep busy and follow a set structure each day
Likewise, it is vitally important to keep structure to your day. Make a commitment to get up at the same time and plan your day as if you were still working. Allocate certain tasks to do each day, no matter how small. Every task completed will give you a sense of achievement. This could also be a perfect opportunity to learn new skills. Indeed, many companies are offering free online courses. If you have always promised yourself to learn something new (a new language, computer skills), don’t delay do it today. Your enhanced skill set will make your CV richer and add value to your employability.
Keep in contact with friends, family and colleagues
It can be easy to fall into a downward spiral if you have been made redundant, which is why it is so important to keep in contact with friends, family and work colleagues. Your friends and family will give you invaluable emotional support. Work colleagues within the industry will be able to keep their eyes and ears open for any work opportunities. They will also be able to keep you up to date with any changes to working practices too.
Seek expert advice from professionals
To reduce any chance of further stress, it’s equally important to get expert advice from professionals too. If you have a mortgage or any loans, speak to your lenders to see if you can get any help with your repayments. Make sure you do this as soon as possible, rather than leaving it until arrears build up. Seek advice about any government benefits you might be entitled to too. Also don’t forget to enrol with a market leading recruitment company. PPR is one of the UK’s leading recruitment businesses, we have over 13 years providing contract and permanent staffing solutions within the construction, industrial, airport, rail and telecoms sectors.
Make time for regular exercise
Make sure you maintain a regular exercise routine. Physical exercise not only keeps your body healthy; it keeps your mind healthy too. Just a 15-minute run or an hour-long walk, can reduce the risk of serious depression by up to 26%. Research has shown that a good workout releases powerful endorphins into your brain, which lifts your spirits and makes you feel good.
If you’re looking for your next role in the construction industry PPR can help you. For more information about the industries PPR support and our current vacancies, get in touch today. Call us on 01895 80 81 88 or contact us online.