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Redundant? It’s time to take stock of your life

Hi Everyone

As I know from personal experience, redundancy can have devastating consequences.

It can make you anxious, nervous, depressed and stressed.

Yes, although you are not physically working, your brain is more than likely working overtime by worrying about what may or may not happen to you in the future.

Now is the time to take stock of your life to gain some degree of control over it.

Make a list of your monthly income, which is probably money from benefits, then of your expenditure and of any savings you may have.  If you have yearly expenditure you could divide that by 12 months  This should help you to establish what salary you need to be earning when you apply for jobs and enable you to establish how long you can live without paid work.  If you are in dire financial difficulties you can ask your local housing benefit office if they can access emergency funds.

Make a list of all the things you want to do in your life, both personally and professionally, from the simplest of ideas to the ideal dream scenario.  Let your imagination run wild.  Then next to each one, write down what it would take to achieve each of these.  It may be to go back to college or university.  Do voluntary work or work experience.  Read a Self-Help or How to Book in order to teach yourself through their simple step-by-step guide.  Enquire at your local job centre about funding.  You will often discover courses are much cheaper or entirely free if you are claiming Job Seekers Allowance.  Go to your local university or college and pick up a catalogue of information regarding the different courses available.  Be proactive not reactive and make things happen.  Many courses you can do in the evening and so you would still be available to work in the day.  By doing a course it will increase your skills and experience,  therefore making you a more appealing candidate to prospective employer.  It will focus your mind on something other than your problems. Get you out of the house and increase your confidence.

Whilst this is a nerve-wracking subject for some, if you have any health problems or issues, now is the time to get them sorted.  You will worry more in the future if you don’t face these now.  Whether it is your physical or mental wellbeing, now is the perfect time to go to your doctor, ask to see a specialist consultant and/or attend counselling sessions.  There is nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed about.  I have recently become a Health Buddy for South West CSV on a voluntary capacity for “The Stripping it Bare” campaign in association with Radio Devon.  We encourage people from all walks of life to go for screening for things such as Chlamydia, Testicular Cancer and Breast Cancer.  Whilst you are out of work, this is the perfect time to get yourself checked out and if you feel poorly, to get yourself better, so you are at your fittest to take on another job whether that be working for yourself or for someone else as an employee.

By actively doing things to improve your life or circumstances in some way, you will have less time to feel nervous, anxious, depressed or stressed about being redundant  You will feel you are making some progress in your life and that will have a positive effect on you.

Stay positive.

Sandra Bellamy

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