Lost your Job during this Pandemic? These 3 Ways can Help you Cope

To be jobless in a time of crisis can be stressful and frustrating.

As studies show, unemployment may cause extreme stress, anxiety – or worse – depression.  Experiencing it in time of a pandemic could be much worse especially for the 10 million Filipinos who will likely lose jobs this year as told by the Department of Labor and Employment to CNN.

For these people, losing a job could also mean losing their sense of security and purpose.  The uncertainty caused by the crisis makes it understandable why many experience overwhelming emotional distress.

If you lost your job recently, hang in there! There is hope! 

Here are some practical steps that you can do to help you cope and survive this very challenging season:

1. Address your unemployment 

Finding a new job becomes even more challenging because of the current pandemic and the imposed quarantine. However, there is always the big possibility of getting a new job and finding ways to get back up again.

Start by reviewing your current budget. List down all your needs and know how to prioritizeAside from food and shelter, what else should be measured wisely and frugally?

Then, update your resume and try looking for new opportunities to earn. Freelance jobs online? Online selling? While actively looking for a job makes you feel better and hopeful, thinking of practical ways to earn a living makes you exercise your resourcefulness and creativity.

2. Prioritize self-care 

Ask yourself, “What do I feel right now?”

You don’t have to pretend that everything is okay when it is not. Acknowledging that you have lost your job and what you feel about it is one way to process your loss. Give yourself time to sit, breathe, and deal with those emotions. It is also important to reach out to your family and friends and allow them to be with you and lend a helping hand.

At the same time, replenish yourself by eating healthy, doing at-home exercises, or doing relaxing activities like journaling, decluttering your room and listening to music. Do yourself a favor – buy healthy foods and eat them.

3. Bring your worries to God 

With all that’s happening around, it’s easy to just wallow in darkness and succumb to the present situation.

But, life isn’t just black and white. Life is full of surprises! 

Allow God to surprise you with better opportunities and better things. Spend time with Him and talk to Him. Pray and believe that He will meet you at your lowest point, comfort you in times of uncertainties, and strengthen you as you get back on your feet.

Your Heavenly Father is your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble, (Psalm 46:1 NIV). He loves you so much that He won’t allow you to stay in that rut. Be excited, for He is going to do a new thing in your life!

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” (Isaiah 43:19)

Are you having a hard time coping with your unemployment?

You don’t have to go through this alone. Allow us to pray for you. Call the CBN Asia Prayer Center at 8737-0700 or send in your prayer requests to our Facebook page.

16 Comments

  • Sarah labayo

    Gusto ko po makapagtraho hirap n hirap n po ako.pls help me pray po ninyo ako

    • Hi Sarah! Nakikita ng ating Panginoon Hesus ang iyong kalagayan ngayon at hindi ka Niya papabayaan kailanman. Sasamahan ka namin manalangin na makahanap ng trabaho.
      Pagpalain ka at ang iyong pamilya ng ating Panginoong Diyos.

  • Sarah labayo

    Pls pray for me help me madami po problema ko pls pray po ninyo ako.

    • Hi Sarah! Sasamahan ka namin sa panalangin. Alam ng ating Panginoon ang iyong sitwasyon ngayon, gaano man kadami ang iyong problema, nais ng Panginoon na ipagtiwala mo lang sa Kanya ang lahat dahil may maganda Siyang plano sa inyong buhay. God bless you and your family.

  • Sarah labayo

    Pls.pray for me madami po problem ko pls help me pray for me

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