Are you someone who needs to leave the house to make a living? Do you spend time worrying about putting food on the table for your family due to the financial strains caused by the pandemic? Whether you are a manager at a manufacturing plant, a postal worker, or a waitress at a busy restaurant, you may have found yourself wondering if keeping your job is more important than maintaining your health. Many of us have had to make these difficult choices this past year, and we continue to feel the weight and pressure of these choices still today. As a professional counselor in Winter Garden, we offer services to help people cope with the negative effects of the pandemic. When it comes to choosing between your health and your financial position, there are a few pieces of advice we offer to help you through these tough decisions.
Anytime that you are engaging with the outside world, you want to follow the safety and health guidelines outlined by the CDC. Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep sanitizer on hand, and social distance when you can. Avoid large crowds and stay outside as much as possible. Although abiding by all of these guidelines may be impossible for your job, you want to stay as protected as possible by always wearing your PPE. Invest in extra PPE so that you always have a clean mask when you need to go to work. These steps will keep you healthier as you need to make money for your family.
Worrying too much can actually start to cause a strain on your mental health. When you find yourself constantly worrying about your health and safety at work, it may actually not be worth it. Consider asking your boss if you can work virtually or you can only work a specific schedule. If this is possible, you may find a hybrid schedule less worrisome. If this isn't possible, continue to follow guidelines and only worry about what you can control.
When it comes to making decisions about your health and your finances, there is truly no right answer. Your livelihood and your health are both extremely important aspects of your life, and you need to trust your instincts when deciding what to do. Can you find a different job? Can you take leave? Do you want to work? Feeling confident in your decision will prevent anxiety and give you clarity that you are making the right decision for your situation. In these times, there is truly not just one right answer.
These are just a few pieces of advice to follow when it comes time for you to find balance between worrying about your health and making money for your lifestyle. When you work with many people each day to make your living, these decisions do not come lightly. If you struggle to make these big decisions on your own, trust a professional counselor in Orlando to help you work through your concerns and anxieties. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.