Being unemployed is a tough deal.
Being in your twenties is hard enough but when you lose your job and become dependant on another it can feel like your life is falling apart. A few weeks turn into several months. Endless hours of job searching and lack of responses leave you thinking you’ll forever be jobless and broke AF. You’ve tried everything but still no-one wants you and you are one more rejection away from eating your weight in chocolate.
As someone whose currently in that position I know exactly how it feels when no-one is willing to give you a chance and hopelessness begins to set in. I know how hard it can be to try and stay positive during this time so here are a few things you can do to try and stay sane and help get you back on track:
1. Stick to a routine
Just because you don’t have a job doesn’t mean you should spend all day in bed binge watching Netflix. Set your alarm for each morning and get into the habit of waking up just as you would if you were employed. Make sure to ditch the pyjamas and get dressed. Having a to do list is a great way to structure your day and make progress but don’t forget to take frequent breaks to prevent becoming overwhelmed.
2. Be productive
As well as job hunting and attending interviews now would be the ideal time to update your CV and make it the best it can be. You can also do some research on how to nail a job interview or seek support and attend courses to help improve your skills.
3. Invest in you
Despite all the hard work your putting in you’re likely to be left with a lot of spare time so now is the perfect time to invest in yourself. Maybe you have been wanting to get into shape or learn a new skill or take up a new hobby? Well now is the time to start! Turn a negative into a positive and use this time to do something you have always wanted too. There is nothing wrong with spending a little time on yourself during this hard time – you may even find a new passion or career path!
4. Get out of the house
Another important factor is to make sure you get out of the house. Being unemployed there is only so much you can do. You can’t apply for every job and it may take a few days for new vacancies to arise so instead of staring at the same four walls worrying about the future make sure you take some time to get some fresh air. Take a walk to clear your head or go on an adventure with the dog. Make plans to meet up with friends or visit family but don’t stay cooped up worrying about something you can’t control.
5. Remember you’re not alone
There are thousands of people across the world who are currently out of work, all of which are in the exact same position as you so take comfort in knowing you are not alone. Your circumstance is not your fault. You’ll face naysayers and pressure. I’ve had an overwhelming amount of pressure put on me to find a job since I became unemployed. Both intentionally and unintentionally. From people tagging me in current vacancies that I already look for all day every day to family members asking me what I’m doing now only to receive a look of disapproval when I explain my current situation. Well I say ignore anyone who tries to make you feel bad or put you down. You are not defined by your current situation. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family if you are feeling low or lacking confidence or reach out to others through social media or support groups. There will always be someone who is willing to listen.
So there you have it. My top five tips for trying to stay sane when you are unemployed. Trust me I know it is hard but something will come along. If a door closes it just means it wasn’t your path. Stay strong and good luck in your search!
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