Sailing Boat Yacht

The COVID-19 Storm: What Boat are You In?

BY: JIM CARCHIDI, CHIEF ENTHUSIASM OFFICER, JFC STAFFING CO’S

We are several months into this wild ride – emotionally drained, frazzled, short-tempered, and less patient – all in the same storm, but not necessarily on the same boat.

Some who live alone are facing endless loneliness. Yet, others living alone are appreciating the peace and quiet.

Some have experienced the virus firsthand, while others question how seriously to take this pandemic.

Some welcome the reprieve from life’s whirlwind, while others are in desperate financial and family crisis.

We are in the same storm, yet we are all experiencing entirely different journeys.

No matter the boat you are on, staying healthy is imperative – both physically and mentally. Mental health and physical health are fundamentally linked. The two should not be thought of as separate. Poor physical health can lead to an increased risk of developing mental health problems. Similarly, poor mental health can negatively impact physical health, leading to an increased risk of some conditions. Both mind and body are affected by changes to physiological and emotional processes, as well as by social factors such as income.

When you Google “income associated with mental health,” a slew of findings come up. These findings suggest that adults with reduction in income are at increased risk of mental health disorders.

Employment is Critical.

With more than 22 million Americans filing for unemployment this past month, we now face a new pandemic, a mental health pandemic. People need to be working. A job contributes to our happiness, helps us to build confidence and self-esteem, and rewards us financially…everything we need to weather this storm.

But, there are still opportunities – many jobs are still available! They may be different than previous employment opportunities, but they are there to be found. They can be just as rewarding. These employment opportunities will impact lives, getting people through these challenging times. Be sure to seek assistance if you are in need.


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Posted September 9, 2020