Women are tough. We are bold, and we are resilient. You may not always feel this way but when your back is against a wall or your family and friends need rescuing, you have it in you to be the guide that they all need.
There are lots of women that live alone, they parent alone, they run businesses on their own, and they thrive alone. It’s not easy, and they always have to grow and learn and adapt. One of the best things a woman like this can do is learn how to manage a crisis on their own.
At some point in life, you will be thrown a curveball. Let’s say you have a car accident that wasn’t your fault. How would you deal with it? Would this lead to issues with getting to work? If you are injured, could you take care of your children? Preparing for situations like this gives you the power to move forward and deal with them better. You could work with a knowledgeable car accident lawyer to ensure that you are compensated for any time away from your career and to help with child care arrangements. You need to know your insurance policies and understand precisely what you are covered for. You also need to know your rights. The same applies to almost every crisis.
In your home, have you ever thought about your plumbing? Chances are you haven’t, most of us don’t think about this until something goes wrong. For example, your heating and hot water stop working, or you spring a leak. Find out where your stop cock is so you can switch off the water at the mains and prevent and further damage to your property. Get to know your boiler, so you can run a few necessary checks and always have the contact details of a competent, local maintenance guy, so you don’t have to ring around trying to find someone in a panic. You also need to read all of your home insurance policies, so you know if you are covered and whether you have an emergency call-out cover.
If you lost your job tomorrow, how would this impact you? Many of us don’t have savings, and this is a huge mistake. If you want to survive a crisis on your own, then one of the best things you can do is have an accessible pot of savings. While having money in a savings account isn’t always going to build you the best interest or return, it will mean you are safeguarded if you lose your job or become too ill to work. Know what your outgoings are for every month and try to have savings that would cover three months of you having no income. This will give you time to recover and find something new. You should also make sure your CV is up to date. Regularly visiting your CV, even when you are happy in your job, is an excellent way of prepping for the worst-case scenario. Hopefully, you will never need it, but if you do, you won’t have to worry about making any changes. You can just get your head down, focus and move forward.
Being on your own doesn’t have to be scary. You just need to make sure you are prepared for any situation, and when things go wrong, you will have good foundations to work from.