There is nothing easy about being unemployed. It is stressful. It depletes your sense of self-confidence and takes away any feeling of financial stability that you may once have had. The longer that unemployment drags on, the more it feels like it’s going to make you crazy. However, there are many things that you can do to keep your sanity even while you’re unemployed.
We’ve got 8 tips to help you stay motivated.
1. Stay Positive and Keep Moving
The first thing to keep in mind is that your enthusiasm for your chosen field or industry will catch the attention of potential employers and help you persevere against obstacles you may face along the way. So be sure to pick an industry or position that you are passionate about. Otherwise, your false enthusiasm may subtly turn off potential employers or even derail your momentum when challenges appear.
The next thing to remember is that forward motion is necessary to sustain your optimism. If you start to drag your feet or do less than your best during your job hunt, your intuition will sense it. And when you know deep down that you aren’t giving your very best, self-doubt, procrastination, and low self-esteem can surface.
Once you start “going through the motions” without truly feeling motivated and excited, resistance to taking positive actions will get stronger. Therefore, do your best to give your best.
2. Ignore the naysayers.
Staying motivated involves learning to ignore the people who say “it can’t be done.” Whether you are starting your own company or searching for your ideal job, there will be people in your life who may not believe your dream is possible – particularly if you have been looking for a job for an extended period of time.
The best thing to do in these situations is recognize that the person who doubts your potential has their own point of view based on their own life paradigms and conditioning. It does not have to affect your mood, decisions, and actions. Be sure to surround yourself with people who have succeeded in your care.
3. Take advantage of networking opportunities.
Since you don’t have to work, you have plenty of time to get connected with others. Take advantage of any networking opportunities offered to you, as you never know which will be the chance you’ve been waiting for.
4. Stick to your usual routine
Sticking to your regular routine of getting out of bed, showered, eating breakfast and getting on with your day still applies, even if you don’t have work to go to. By letting your routine slide and lazing around the house all day, you’ll feel demotivated and could even start to suffer from depression. Make the effort to start your day positively – that means getting up early, getting washed and dressed, preparing a healthy breakfast and maybe even heading out on a morning run or hitting the gym. Dedicate at least a few hours of your day to job hunting or blog and maybe spending some time using social media to make new connections.
5. Learn something new.
Attend a writing class. Get a canvas and start painting. Register for free online Excel classes. Learn to cook new dishes. Find a hobby that you can enjoy now, and that you can continue doing when you find your next job. All of these will contribute to an improved you.
6. Consider speaking with a professional.
If you are starting to suffer from serious problems with depression because of unemployment then you may want to seek the help of a psychologist or a psychiatrist. This sounds expensive, but there are community programs and deferred payment plans to help. Your mental health is worth the cost, if it comes down to it.
7. Think about your skills
It can be tempting to apply for the first well-paid job you spot, but there’s more to life than money. You want a job which is going to make you happy – after all, you’ll be spending a huge percentage of your time there! So really think about your skills, interests and what you want from a job.
8. Go to every interview
Been offered an interview for that office role you applied for on a whim? It can be tempting to avoid interviews if you’re not that excited by the prospect of the job, but you shouldn’t do this. Every interview you go to is good experience for your next one, and the more interviews you attend, the more confident you will become with them. So even if you’re not keen on working in retail, going along for the interview is a good idea – and who knows, you may find the job appeals to you more than you thought it would!