Unemployment can cause us to bring negative feelings upon ourselves. We’re forced to spend rather than invest our savings, and we must rely on government incentives (if you got laid off) to get by. But there are things that we can do to turn that narrative around.
You are more than a job title
A bout of unemployment can really put us in the dumps mentally but it is important to remember that you are much more than just your former job title. You aren’t alone. There are millions of other people in your situation, and some that are far worse off. It isn’t abnormal, and it doesn’t speak to what you are capable of.
Time in between jobs can offer an opportunity to explore some aspects of ourselves that we may not have looked at before, and expand our knowledge and experience.
Kick that depression to the curb and work towards betterment. You have the ability to make change and be proactive in keeping a positive and productive outlook.
What makes you, you?
Unemployment is a time to think about the things that make you the person you are.
- Are you a compassionate person?
- Maybe you are wicked good at chess.
- Have you read more books than everyone you know combined?
- Are you interested in arts and theatre, sciences and problem solving?
Think about what personal aspects have sculpted your personality and values. Try and fulfill some of these things every day in order to keep a healthy mindset, and maybe reconnect with some lost enjoyments.
What do you want to do?
Having some time to job search can really open up some doors for you. Maybe your previous employment is experiencing a bad market. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t do something else. Think really hard about what you would love to do. This could be a good chance for a transition into your dream job scenario if you can identify an opportunity to do so.
Was your last job what you truly loved to do? If not, try and explore some options in a field that is more inline with what makes you happy.
Avoiding binge watching
During your time of unemployment, do yourself a favor and sell your TV. If you cant sell it unplug it and put it in the shed in the backyard.
All it takes is one inclination to escape reality and flick the TV on and a slam dunk television series and you’ll quickly be wondering how so many days passed and probably feel depressed because your situation hasn’t changed.
Instead of watching TV, commit to a fitness regime during your unemployment stint. Working out sucks at first for some, but once we get into a rhythm it can have amazing benefits physically and mentally.
You’ll feel better about yourself, which will keep you positive and help you bounce back from unemployment faster.
Staying positive about unemployment can also be achieved by keeping ourselves busy during this time. Back to what you would love to do, consider volunteering some of your time with a group or organization that is inline with something you love.
Not only will this have great dividends for your mental health and well-being but you can list these things on a resume and show that you remained productive in a time of instability. Do some things around your home that you have been meaning to attend to. Deep clean the place, gather all your useless stuff that you have been hoarding and either sell it or donate it.
These are extremely positive moves that are going to make you feel a lot better about yourself and your situation, which in turn can potentially shorten the time that you are unemployed.
Don’t keep it all in
Use time away from a job effectively. Visit all of your friends and family that you can and don’t keep it a secret that you are unemployed. TELL THEM! It is going to make you feel a lot better talking about it. Talk about your time off in a positive light.
You never know what leads could be generated by doing this. Family and friends might know of potential opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t mention. Plus: not only is it a lead, but you may have a foot in the door through your friend or relative.
It isn’t as bad as its chalked up to be
No doubt that unemployment is different for everyone and could be more challenging for some. But its not the end of the world.
As the saying goes, what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
Being unemployed is a great time for reflection. It could change your aspirations and values all together, and for the better!
Dust off your resume
Grab that resume and freshen it up. Make it the best resume that you have ever written there is loads of information online about how to write the best resume, and even services that can assist you if you choose.
Jump on the job hunt as soon as you feel that you are ready to and set yourself up for success by showcasing your natural qualities and strengths to prospective employers.
It won’t be long if you don’t what it to be and you will be back on the circuit in no time. Good luck!