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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby [Q] on Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:27 am

So my work sent me home for the rest of the week since we're practically shut down. We are in the dining/hospitality business so we've been hit hard. All events have been cancelled through the end of the month

I guess I'll have time to catch up on some gaming. The new free Call of Duty game just came out
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby mp3 on Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:01 am

Iam not going to lie but iam struggling right now, financially and mentally.

After working so hard this passed two years after the mindset I was in, finding a job buying a cheap car and finding a place to live I felt like I'd come so far but the job I was in I was greatful they gave me an opportunity but I just didn't feel like it was for me, I worked so hard to get taken on full time and they don't give out many permanent contracts and I really wanted it but later on I realized I just wanted the security that comes with a perm contract but in reality the company had many issues and I knew I no longer wanted to wake up and go there so I looked for something I'd enjoy doing more and knew I could excel in now that my confidence and mental health was improving.

I did what your supposed to and find a job before you leave, it was through an agency as most jobs in the UK in my line of work have are the company's preferred method theses days and to be honest I looked forward getting back to weekly pay as the last 5 months I've struggled switching to monthly with my contract, I think monthly is fine if it's all you have ever known or have enough money in the bank to support the switch but I wasn't, far from it living hand to mouth.

So I started work in my new job two nearly 3 weeks ago and only managed two days training with a women who was sick training us, she said it was flu but turned out to be coronavirus so the people she had been training were put into the corna protocol and told he had to stay off the entire following week unpaid of course, while off last week I was notified that one week off has now changed to two week so first thing to go had to be my PS4 to for gas and electric as iam on a pre pay meter, the country I know are doing there best but I can't get much support as the money the government can give me (which they have increased to a special corna rate) pays my rent, iam at breaking point again now after last night's news that the country is on a 3 week shutdown so I have to go 5 weeks unpaid, tomorrow I will run out of electric, I only have my car left to sell and it's not worth much and will create a problem for when I can return to work, iam not ok mentality, in a dark place actually. I know it's a world crisis but I can only see my world right now and it's crashing down around me.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby spiderxx7 on Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:39 am

Well, it's 300 official cases here in Argentina... been on quarantine for a week, gotta be on quarantine for another week at least. It might be extended by the government.

Catching up on some movies, tv shows and 2K I've been pushing off, but obviously it's hard on the mental side of it... can't leave this walls, my family is here with me but I haven't seen my girlfriend in a week and it is our 1-year anniversary next month. It would kill me not to see her for a long period of time.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby [Q] on Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:04 am

I feel incredibly blessed to be able to have some money saved up right now in a time where I'm literally stuck at home making 0. I have a buddy who runs a company and will hire me freelance to design some marketing collateral for him.

Will need to look for another job or file for unemployment if April comes around and nothing changes.

It's funny how universal basic income was something two weeks ago everyone (especially conservatives, even some Democrats and liberals) thought was too extreme and was a "socialist" idea but now is the "normal" or "humane" thing to do.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Andrew on Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:04 pm

These are indeed strange and tough times. A shame a few companies are looking to profiteer during them; GameStop has somehow lowered its reputation even further. All the best to everyone while we bunker down, hopefully we can collectively flatten the curve and get back on track before too long. Stay safe and stay strong.
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Re: Dear LiveJournal,

Postby Dee4Three on Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:06 am

mp3 wrote:Iam not going to lie but iam struggling right now, financially and mentally.

After working so hard this passed two years after the mindset I was in, finding a job buying a cheap car and finding a place to live I felt like I'd come so far but the job I was in I was greatful they gave me an opportunity but I just didn't feel like it was for me, I worked so hard to get taken on full time and they don't give out many permanent contracts and I really wanted it but later on I realized I just wanted the security that comes with a perm contract but in reality the company had many issues and I knew I no longer wanted to wake up and go there so I looked for something I'd enjoy doing more and knew I could excel in now that my confidence and mental health was improving.

I did what your supposed to and find a job before you leave, it was through an agency as most jobs in the UK in my line of work have are the company's preferred method theses days and to be honest I looked forward getting back to weekly pay as the last 5 months I've struggled switching to monthly with my contract, I think monthly is fine if it's all you have ever known or have enough money in the bank to support the switch but I wasn't, far from it living hand to mouth.

So I started work in my new job two nearly 3 weeks ago and only managed two days training with a women who was sick training us, she said it was flu but turned out to be coronavirus so the people she had been training were put into the corna protocol and told he had to stay off the entire following week unpaid of course, while off last week I was notified that one week off has now changed to two week so first thing to go had to be my PS4 to for gas and electric as iam on a pre pay meter, the country I know are doing there best but I can't get much support as the money the government can give me (which they have increased to a special corna rate) pays my rent, iam at breaking point again now after last night's news that the country is on a 3 week shutdown so I have to go 5 weeks unpaid, tomorrow I will run out of electric, I only have my car left to sell and it's not worth much and will create a problem for when I can return to work, iam not ok mentality, in a dark place actually. I know it's a world crisis but I can only see my world right now and it's crashing down around me.


Tough times, but a few things to keep in mind:

1. Remember the impact stress has on your health. It is vital that you take a deep breath, and control the controllable.

2. You WILL get through this, and things will get back on track

3. Uncertainty sucks, and not knowing when this whole thing will end is tough on a lot of people financially, and emotionally. But, as cheesy and obvious as it sounds, don't forget what you do have and the different ways you can improve your situation and mental wellbeing.

Stress over the last 3 years has taken a decent toll on me, and most of it has been caused by my overthinking/overreacting to different things. I made things far worse on myself because I didn't allow myself to take a deep breath and truly evaluate each roadblock I was facing.

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