The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting financial crises have negatively affected the mental health of people. There are a lot of anxieties, worries and concerns from which a lot of people are struggling. The overwhelming situations in this pandemic causes financial stress and other mental health problems among people that makes them less productive.
You are not alone if you are jobless and are struggling with financial stress and anxiety. There are many techniques that you can do to manage your mental health and financial situation in this pandemic of coronavirus. So you can be more productive and make better decisions for you and for your family in these difficult times.
Prioritize your payments
You may not be able to make all of your payments if there is not enough money to go around. So it is essential to make priorities which bills should be paid first. You need to focus on necessities instead to order delivery, takeouts, or extra clothing right now. Develop a list of the most important expenses such as foods and bills of home. You can get assistance from credit cards, banks, and other financial institutions. You can also talk with your institution about some relief program you may eligible for.
Search for Alternative Sources of Income
You should start looking for alternative sources of income because its not clear how long jobs will be affected and how long the pandemic will last.
There are a lot of ways to earn extra cash from home whether you have got some editing skills, or you have graphic design skills. You can also sell different things. You can turn to social media to list your items that are the best sale in your area such as furniture.
Manage your Mental health
Many studies have found that financial stress can lead to poorer mental health problems. The more you are stressed about your financials, the harder it would be to manage mental health problems. So try to learn some tips to cope up with the mental health problems and stay healthy.
Seek Emotional support
It can be beneficial to talk to someone when you are struggling with mental health problems like stress and anxiety. Emotional support can help you to gain strength during this difficult time. You can also go for online therapy, many websites and apps are offering online treatments with a licensed mental health professional over the phone.
Create a schedule
You might feel stressed about what to do with your time by staying at home without having a job. You could end up wasting several hours on scrolling social media when you are not careful. Make sure to spend a plenty of time in activities that boost your mind and helps you to feel better. Create a proper schedule of learning some skill, for leisure activities and spending time with your loved ones. In this way, you can manage financial stress and anxiety in this pandemic.
However much you try to manage coronavirus-related financial stress and anxiety during the pandemic, there could be instances where you feel you need some professional help. Our therapists at McLean Counseling Center are here to help you cope with whatever comes up as you process your feelings.
All our therapists at our center will offer online teletherapy until the outbreak is better understood and contained.
Whether you’re a new or existing patient, our compassionate experts are waiting on the other end of your screen.