By: Peer Career Coach Maira Zamir

2020. it’s been an off track year to say the least and we are still in June! Unpredictability has become the new normal. So it’s natural to feel lost and overwhelmed in the current atmosphere. However, it is equally important to not lose focus and to at least try to lead a healthy routine as we are all social distancing.

Here are a few things you can do to come out of 2020 strong!

1. Go digital

By now you must be accustomed to this way of life. The zoom meetings and online classes have shown that in these strange times, the show still must go on! Don’t pause on your job search because of Covid-19. Use the digitalization of things to your advantage. Employers are paying attention to your LinkedIn profile now more than ever. Give your profile a little spruce up or make your own website to showcase your work/projects. Put yourself out there in the digital world and market yourself on all online platforms. You never know what opportunities lie out in the world wide web!

  1. Use the extra time to your advantage

This extra time is an unexpected opportunity for you to do all those things you never had time for. Do some home improvement, paint, finish a book, or write one. Moral of the story: remember all the things you wanted to previously do but you said to yourself ‘if I only had the time?’ Well, now you do! Time is a precious commodity. 

  1. Believe in self-care

Social distancing and isolation is not for everyone and unfortunately it can be the perfect environment for triggering mental health issues. Whether it be anxiety, depression or lethargy- it is absolutely essential to practice self-care. A big thing that we are not taught enough growing up is that knowing how to take care of yourself is an integral part of adulting. If this seems like an alien idea to you, then give it a try- you will feel instant gratification towards yourself. Listen to what your body is telling you and act accordingly. 

  1. Educate yourself

Take an online course. Un-learn and then learn something correctly. Hone and practice a skill you like and be open to new ideas and different perspectives. Now is the time to really give yourself the power of knowledge. Take the movement Black Lives Matter for instance. This is the time to educate yourself about this movement if you previously didn’t know much about it. The more we learn, the more we can contribute to a more just and equal society as a whole. In other words, it’s okay to not know how a recession happens, just google it! 

How to Survive & Thrive in 2020