Yes, times are tough, especially in the oil and gas industry. When we're experiencing "the doldrums," we need to be reminded that it's not the event (i.e. economic downturn) that creates stress and negativity, it's our reaction to the event that determines our level of stress. We're not in control of the price of oil; however, we are in control of how we react to it. I am reminded of the many people whom I know were laid off and, when looking back, some tell me it was the best thing that happened to them. Why? It pushed them beyond the boundaries of how they saw themselves and their skills. Seeing beyond the layoff requires mental fortitude which isn't a walk in the park, but it can and will work for you if you are proactive and positive about future opportunities.
Helping people through change has always been my role; previously as a career advisor and now as a resilience coach. Granted, for many of us, when we are faced with a traumatic life event we are more inclined to crawl under a rock and do nothing, but this strategy is ultimately ineffective. The best way to deal with change is to address it - nothing will change unless you take action now.
Take action - move forward!
Note your skills - be grateful for them - what new skills have you learned recently (if you are seeking employment this is critical)
Talk to trusted friends
Listen to music purposefully to elevate your energy and reduce stress
Play an instrument (I play the ukulele - although some may beg to differ!)
Look for humour in everyday events
Set a deliberate "moving forward" plan of action for your day, week and month
Exercise it's key to mental and physical wellness - especially during trying times
For additional information about managing stress and anxiety, try my "Triple A" Formula.