Dear James Smith (and a wave to Tangney)
Yes, we are all in this together. I want to encourage you to visit some other threads here talking about Covid's impact and how people are handling things.
Indeed it must be difficult with your background to "ignore" news and know your own global and local economic forecast.
I became extremely anxious very early this year, skyrocketing is what I called it. My fiancee lives in America and repairs Covid testing instruments. He didn't take anything seriously until it began to hit him personally. Him not taking things seriously made me feel worse.
He became depressed just as I was seeking specialist support from a trauma psychologist for PTSD (recent and childhood trauma).
Tbh I had to go all "cave man" and withdraw from all the news.... with historical knowledge and longevity of living through recessions myself, I can virtually see where this is going. I've "action counselled" all of my many children and they understand and have taken all necessary measures ie remained in study (all but 1 child could do this) and appreciated their current employment and stayed with it regardless of how they felt.
My job was also threatened this year but God must have intervened, a major strategy was introduced and I'm the only one qualified at my workplace.
Historically when things got REALLY tough, people went into factories, mines, farming, high risk employment.
The equivalent I perceive for us at present is becoming a front line worker, NDIS support worker, still farming and ofcourse being a front line worker IS high risk. Any businesses that could go online would survive better atm.
I would do ANY type of work.
To assist better employment and to alleviate stress felt by me and my children, I went from FT to part time. Our employers requested people do this to share the jobs. So I did. I may take up part time NDIS support work if need be later.
I was prepared to draw down Super etc being a single parent with 100% care of many children.
I'll see if I need to.
We also have many other threads focusing on positivity in the Wellbeing section.
I really hope you can get another job, both of you! And hold strong through this time.
My Prayers are with you and all people doing it tough.