Thriving in a Recession

Apr 27, 2020

For many of us life after lockdown may be unrecognisable, particularly if we have lost our job. So much of what seemed to be familiar seems to have gone and everywhere there seems to be more uncertainty. This post has some ideas on adapting to the changes ahead. What do you believe about your flexibility, adaptability and resilience through changes. ?  Do you admire those qualities in others ? If you do, you will probably admire yourself as you adapt to the different world ahead.

The years ahead are going to call for very creative, grassroots, solutions to solve household problems, community problems and national problems. Are you willing to expand certain skills or roles or learn completely new skills and roles going forward ?  Are you willing to stretch your comfort zone ?

If your household is struggling financially, emotionally and mentally are you willing to learn new roles such as being a better parent, better friend, budgeter, creative cook, basic car maintainer, painter, decorator, fundraiser, woodworker, gardener, pianist, singer, dancer, guitarist, knitter, upholsterer, sewing machinist, brewer, printer, blogger, artist, web designer, mentor etc.   How good might it feel to develop and maximise another talent, another role, outside your traditional workplace role ? To do something, that before the crisis, you didnt have time for ?

Your local library, Youtube and Adult Education courses at Secondary Schools are great resources for learning marketable new skills and practical skills for around the home.

In times of uncertainly and economic dislocation it can be easy to notice all that  don't have control over, but especially at these times its time to remember all that we do have control over, as individuals.

In focusing on what we have no control over, such as the world economy or the unemployment statistics we will likely feel a victim, disempowered and depressed.

This time can be a time to focus on taking control of  our personal environment, our room, our garden, health, sleep, fitness, learning new skills and roles, quitting addictions, beginning new habits, finishing unfinished projects, updating C.V's. This could be a time where a "Master of Life Administration" is far more practical, more  useful than a Master of Business Administration. Flexibility and adaptablitity creates resilience.

If you are feeling ready to take charge of your life going forward you are going to need a plan. See my posts on

How High is your Motivation to Change

Planning Successful Life Change

End an Old Habit, Begin a New Habit.

In particular, if you are ready, you will need a S.M.A.R.T. plan.

If you have lost your job you will no longer have time based rules to follow with respect to your job. That external control is gone.  This is why the "T" in a S.M.A.R.T. plan is so crucial. Are you willing and ready to be your own boss and keep good time habits ?

The people who will thrive, going forward are those who are willing to be flexible and adaptable to new ideas, new foods, new activities, new learning and new habits.  These people will feel a purpose and a sense of belonging to their local communities because they will have a lot to offer and to share. Change can be scary but it can also be exhilarating!

Talking to your counsellor can be a great way of exploring options going forward, clarifying goals and maximising motivation to stay on track.


Martin Fraser, B.A. (Hons) Psyc. Dip Counselling.

Particular interest in enhancing resilience in my community against Depression, Anxiety, Isolation and Addictions. Member of NZ Assoc Counsellors.

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