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What to Do When You’re Unemployed and in the High-Risk Category in this Pandemic

So I am one of those people who somehow found herself in the proverbial ‘valley of shadows’. There are measures that the Irish Government have been implementing again, not making it easy to socialise, let alone to find a job.

I am trying to find a job in the middle of a world-wide pandemic and I have asthma, which makes my choices limited if I want to protect myself and my household from Covid-19.

Being a high risk category person makes things that much trickier when trying to get employed. t gives me that much less options, because I should not, ideally, go in to some unknown place for an interview. I have to force myself ask for phone or Zoom interviews. I also have to be able to find ways to creatively use my time and make myself employable at the same time. And yes, it is much easier said than done.

However, all hope is not lost, I’m here to give you some tips and tricks to keep your heads high and stuck it out a much as you can, because the repercussions of this pandemic hasn’t even hit yet in its full force. So we must learn to ride this tide too.


What you have to keep in mind is that first of all you must keep healthy, both in body and mind.

You should make sure that you boost your immune system with Vitamin C and D is and according to Healthline there are some vitamin supplements that can help to keep you in top shape.

Going for big walks has just gotten harder in Dublin, as the Covid Restrictions are a bit more on again, but even so, try to find the time when you can go on longer, preferably social distancing walks (or runs – whichever you prefer). The fresh air will lift your mood, and if nothing else it will give you the much needed stretch of your legs. Do this at least once a day. Will make a difference.


Hobbies at this time of uncertainty are a lifesaver. Try something new (like blogging), make sure you use your brain even if your mind is not going to be needed for work right now.

Start a Bullet Journal, do some painting or (if you have access to it you can play some Nintendo games – always handy 😉 ).

Alternatively you can always start something creative, like knitting, crochet or write, like I do. It doesn’t have to be fancy, you need only something that constructively fills your time until your opportunities get you back on track with life in general.

One thing I can promise: Whatever you start doing is, as I said, a lifesaver!

The Job-hunt

Of course, the end result, whatever you mean to do in the interim, is to attain indicated job that you aim to find. No play no gain as they say.

  1. Be patient

Be patient with yourself, with the opportunities that are out there. We got to understand, that we’re in a type of recession. There may be a lot of jobs out there, but the competition for each of them has doubled, if not tripled. This means that we must play the numbers game. Apply and apply and do as many (or few) interviews as it takes.

2. Leverage your talents

Believe me, I know you if you feel like me, and you think maybe there is something wrong with your CV or with yourself, to not have found a job yet. Most likely though, that isn’t the case.

While you’re waiting for the right opportunities to come your way, you can either up-skill or try and freelance. Volunteering is just as good with an added bonus, since you can add it to your CV, filling in some blanks. See the some links at the end of this article.

3. Take breaks

The best advice I got was from my husband, and that is to take breaks. Finding the jobs that suit you takes work, takes thinking, and most of all takes resilience. To achieve the latter, you must know your limits and recognise that you can’t do the job-hunt 24/7, however much you feel pushed for it.

You need to keep you sanity too, and so you have to turn another leaf, reacharge and then get to it again. And so we have come to full circle.


This is the hardest part. I’m with you. I am there too. But to have fun in-between the worries is important and more, it is essential.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Jodi Picoult:

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo

– far more flexible that you’d ever believe at first glance.

My Sister’s Keeper

May we always have satisfying conversations.



The links I promised:



Up-skill for Free:



Never sleep on an argument

No. The solution is a simple (but oh-so-hard-to-carry-out!) advice of my mother-in-law’s: Whatever you do, never sleep on an argument!

Life gets in the way (or the piling mess on the coffee table), and yes, you will argue about that and so, so much more. They will seem huge at the heat of the moment, but the trick is, not to say things you might regret.

When the going gets tough, there is rule number 1:


We’ve all seen a hissy fit of a child. They have one immediate need. To fulfil the wishes of the Freudian Ego RIGHT NOW.

That’s you in the middle of an argument, be it loud and verbal, or (as in my case) quiet and the test of will against will (most times). You may love each other dearly, but man, oh, man, can people miscommunicate sometimes! Stubborn that we are, still we should go quiet and say as little as possible while fuming.

Regardless of us staying in one room or removing ourselves, you will always work through things if you only think before you act. I believe in you.

Marriage is tough sometimes. But ever so rewarding!

Rule number 2:


Think of it this way. You never really hate your spouse/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend. You hate their behaviour. Or, as in my case, you’re outsmarted and you hate the fact that the other one is right!

Whatever the case is, be quiet and just forgive yourself and you spouse while you’re in the other room. Later do reach out to them, take the first step when you feel like it and make sure you’re still ok. This will lead to a crucial step to rule number 3:


I remember seeing a YouTube video of an adorable couple, around in their late 80s and early 90s. When the interviewer asked them how can they still get along so great after decades of marriage, they simply said that they never go to sleep before they resolved their argument and they always kiss each other before bed-time.

Not one person is the same on this earth, so you do need to figure out how to apply things to your situations, but one thing is for sure:

May these tricks be hard or easy, regarding any given situation that has ever occurred in anyone’s lives so far, relationships work because you don’t play hard to get, but you aim to understand each other not just on the surface, but on a deeper level too. You must live to let live and you have give allowances.

You might be close, but you’re definitely two separate individuals. Just remember. No one can read each other’s minds.

May this be of help to you.

Have a lovely life together in happiness!

Ps: Have a look at this video below. I can guarantee it will make you smile! 🙃👍🤪