6 Tactics For Staying Sane When You Are Unemployed
Last year I spent several months out of work. After two years of working under a poor, belittling manager, I finally walked out but not before my motivation took a hit. It was a spontaneous decision and as a result I had little to fall back on, but at the time I was just so relieved and happy to be out of that oppressive environment. However I quickly realized that I’d have to deal with different challenges to get back onto the job ladder. As tough as it was, looking back now it was a productive experience. Like any experience, it’s what you make of it. Below are my tips for staying sane while you are unemployed.
- Don’t be fussy about what you apply for
Apply for anything and everything. It’s not the time to be fussy. If you wait around for the ideal job to show up you could be spending a lot of time unemployed. You don’t have to take the first job offered to you but it keeps you focused and provides valuable experience at filling applications, doing interviews, creating a good resume and just generally how to sell yourself.
- Use the extra time productively
It’s a big change to go from struggling to fit what free time you have around a job and then to find yourself with more time on your hands than you know what to do with. Regardless of whether you are unemployed for a few weeks or for several months all that free time isn’t something you’re going to get often so make good use of it! This blog would not be where it is now and my home would still be a cluttered, undecorated mess were it not for those several weeks of downtime.
- Keep socializing
Your work environment is where you socialize the most and usually where most of your friends come from. Take that away and you can suddenly find yourself spending most of your time alone. Not healthy. Regardless of whether you intend to stay friends with your former work colleagues, make sure you keep socializing with people and put in the effort.
- Focus on the positive
Being unemployed is stigmatized. Without a job it can seem like you have no purpose and some people will frown on you, thinking you are lazy and work-shy. However, it’s important to look on the bright side. You can learn a lot while being unemployed. Like any experience it’s all about what you make of it. As well as the invaluable interview experience I got I also, for instance, learned how to entertain myself on a tight budget.
- Get smart with your money
You don’t know how long you may be out of work so it’s important to get to grips with your finances now before you get caught out. If ever there is a time to learn frugal habits, this is it. Because of the lessons I was forced to learn during that period I’m much more financially smart nowadays.
- Don’t fall into bad habits
Regardless of whether you like your job or not it sure gives your life a lot of structure. Without it, it can be tempting to stay in bed till lunchtime, lounge on the sofa and just generally fall into bad habits. When that happens it’s a difficult hole to get yourself out of, one which will drain your motivation to look for work or make good use of your time.