At a time of heightened anxiety, these recession-proofing videos — often, surprisingly, from reputable career consultants — can feel like a very compelling form of doomscrolling or catastrophizing (a therapy term, which means fixating on the worst possible outcomes). When I combed through the comments under some of the videos, one stood out, encapsulating what many of us may be thinking: “All that work for no extra money.” It’s true. There is nothing wrong with working hard and, as MacAndrews says, it’s likely you’re doing that already. But should we be overexerting or burning ourselves out preparing for an outcome that genuinely may never happen because so much of our future of employment is out of our hands? Registered occupational psychologist Suzanne Guest, explains it is key to take a more measured, realistic approach. Baby steps, if you will.