COVID-19 has turned the world upside down, shuttering many businesses and driving others to the digital space. If you lost your job during the pandemic, you may be reluctant to go back to work, especially as we cope with another wave of infections. Yet research shows that unemployment is highly correlated with worsening mental health. If you’re not in a high-risk category for severe COVID illness, you may find that the mental health benefits of returning to work in some capacity are worth it, at least at an employer who is following all CDC guidelines.
Many of the financial protections passed in the early days of the pandemic may end by the new year. Financial troubles can certainly enhance the mental health impacts of unemployment. If you’re facing money concerns, a regular paycheck can go a long way toward stabilizing your mental health.
Structure and Routine
Though some people seem to be hardwired to thrive on chaos, humans have generally evolved to do best with a structured routine. 2020 has been packed with changes, and getting back into the rhythms of work can be an excellent antidote to the anxiety and depression that so many people are experiencing.
Getting Out of the House
Sitting around the house all day can be exhausting, and it can lead to poor coping mechanisms. You might be overeating, “doom scrolling” your social media feeds for more signs of bad news, drinking too much, or sleeping more than you need. If you have a spouse or kids at home, the effects of staying in can be made worse by more than a little cabin fever. Getting out for a few hours each day can give you a whole new perspective.
Pursuing Your Vision of the Future
We all have hopes and dreams, but it can be tough to keep pursuing them when it feels like we’re stuck in the movie Groundhog Day. Returning to work is a concrete step you can take to restart your path toward the life you want to live.
Of course, everyone is different, and the pandemic is still very real. You’ll need to assess your own level of risk and the precautions your employer has implemented to determine whether going back to work is right for you.
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