So, I’ve been unemployed since September 2011 and it’s been the longest time I’ve been out of work since finishing college. It’s not like in the picture above. The jobs I’ve had required me to work more than full time, having lots of weeks that I would work up to 40 hours and then still had to prepare sessions, classes and paperwork at home. Going from this to having no job is quite… stressful, to say the least.
Today I wanted to share with you a few tips to maintain your sanity while between jobs. These are things that have helped me and I hope they make sense to you too.
1. Make a schedule.
Without having the need to wake up at a certain hour in the morning to go to work, chances are you’re gonna mess up your sleeping cycle. Make the effort to wake up at no more than 2 hours past your normal time. You don’t know when you’re gonna have an interview or when you’re going back to work, so, you need to stay prepared.
2. Spend at least two hours a day looking for work.
If you really want to find a job, you need to make it your job. Go online, go to your local employment agencies, print resumes and deliver them in person. Make it a priority. If you don’t go and try to find it, you probably won’t get it.
3. Invest in yourself.
Frequently when we’re working, we tend to procrastinate in some things related to ourselves. To me, it was to work out more. Gotta say, I’ve been exercising for at least an hour and a half every day and I feel great. I really is a boost to your energy and mood. For you it can be an herb garden or new color on the walls. But do it. Now you have the time, and finishing something you’ve wanted to do for a while is great!
4. Don’t wear pajamas 24/7!
Even if you don’t have anywhere to go, taking a shower, getting dressed and fixing your hair can do wonders for your mood. And, again, keeps you prepared for whatever that day may bring. Not saying you have to look all prepped every day. Leave the lounge wear and ponytail for those days that you absolutely want to cuddle and stay in. To me, pj’s or even lounge wear make me feel sleepy and not in the mood to go outside, so I don’t do it often.
5. Make an effort to go outside and do fun things.
While unemployed, you need to cut back on some things. But there’s a lot of activities you can do outside with your friends and family that are free (or almost). Check your coupon or deals websites frequently for fun things at low prices.
6. Find your “trigger to good mood”.
Sometimes, even doing all the things I talked about above, I just don’t feel like doing anything. So, I force myself to a mood boost. No, it’s not coffee, even though I love coffee and I drink a lot. To me, my “trigger to good mood” is music. I have an album that’s my absolute favorite right now – Now That’s What I Call Running – and I play it my iPad and almost instantly I start to feel more energized.
I know, this post feels like a self-help kind of thing. Sorry for that. But I’ve learned these things in the last few months and I wanted to share. It really helps. And I hope it helps you. =) Good Luck!!