These are trying times for those affected by the government shutdown. Many Americans live paycheck to paycheck and when that first paycheck fails to come through, the ripples negatively impact workers and their families.
You Have Resources
What type of personal resources do you have? Time, for one. If you are currently furloughed, you have time on your hands. You can use this to your advantage because likely there are opportunities to be had.
You may want to consider tackling responsibilities for friends and family so those not effected by the furlough can continue to work knowing that they’re giving you a boost, at once affording you your dignity.
Do you have certifications, professional designations, or a passion for something you have shelved? Talents and skills are helpful to provide to your community; they strengthen community. Do you have equipment that by putting it to good use it might earn you extra money? ‘Dust off’ what you have; now is the time to access all that is yours. To repeat, compared to friends and family who are going into work every day, at this time in your life time might be your most valuable asset.
What can you do?
Read this list below and think about who needs what in your circle of family and friends. As a matter of fact, take a look around your community. Who knows what opportunities are out there?
Someone might need:
– Power washing, gutter cleaning, window cleaning
– Yard work, such as weeding and raking
– Care-giving, including children and older and infirm or frail adults
– Minor auto repairs and maintenance, such as detailing and oil changes
– Sewing repairs including buttons and hems
– Baking for special occasions
– Home cooked meals, lunch packing, canning
– Errand running
You Will Weather This Storm
It’s all about how your frame it. Remember, the sure thing we can always count on is change. Your situation will change. To help you navigate these changing times, be proactive. It will help to take your mind off your worries, it will add dollars to your pocket, and you will be better off knowing that in your receiving, you are really giving. One way to look at it is to view obstacles as opportunities. Seize yours!
Adapted from: Managing in Tough Times. (2008.) UF/IFAS Extension, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL.