When you first lose your job, you’re upset even if you hated it, because it was your source of income. But you’re not worried just yet, you’re optimistic that you will find a job soon and beat unemployment. And maybe you will. Some people are lucky to get their new job shortly after losing their last.
But for most of us, it’s been months and no luck. This can get discouraging to even the most positive person. You’ve applied to hundreds of jobs, maybe even across the United States, and only get a handful of interviews. After a while, you start to get discouraged and depressed, because you feel like you have no purpose anymore. This is a normal feeling, because as a society we put a lot of value into having a job.
I know the feeling, as I’m currently unemployed as well. I’m just lucky, because I get to help out here at ChrisByrnes.com. So I have that distraction. However, not everyone does.
So without further ado, here are 6 ways to get you out of that funk and beat the unemployment blues!
1. Get a new hobby or pick up an old one. Learn to knit or sew, or maybe you haven’t touched the pigskin for a while. Get back to it. Find a community adult team to play football or a knitting club to join. Learn to rock climb, take a painting class, or even do things you haven’t done since you were a kid, such as rollerskating.
2. Read a new book. Go to your local library and see what latest popular novel is out. Plan to set aside some time during the day to read a chapter or two. Reading is a great way to escape the pressure and forget about your life for an hour or so.
3. Take a class. Maybe you want to learn something you’ve never had a chance to before. Learn a new language or brush up on your current job skills. Maybe you can go back to school and get your masters in the field you work in, or get a technical degree for a new career.
4. Volunteer. Go to a soup kitchen and help out. Spend some time at an animal shelter, or be a part of an organization like Big Brother, Big Sister. Not only will you be helping somebody else out, you will also be helping yourself by giving yourself a purpose.
5. Take a vacation. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. Stay somewhere two towns over and explore that town, or stay in your own city and go places you’ve never been. Most museums have free days, check it out. Find the little quirks that make your city unique.
6. Exercise! Of course, this wouldn’t be a list from Chris Byrnes, LLC without exercise in it. You don’t need to pay for an expensive membership at the gym to exercise. You can purchase a workout program from Beachbody, or sometimes your cable may offer On-demand exercise shows. Go for a walk or a jog.
There are many other ways to help get you get rid of the unemployment blues.
- Start a family game night, or one with friends.
- Also be sure to make time for yourself.
- Take a mental health day from your unemployment search. Sometimes you need to lock yourself in your room and just decompress.
- Make sure every once in awhile, you take a break. Do something for renewed energy to get you back into gear and applying to more jobs. Treat yourself to a movie or lunch at that restaurant you’ve been meaning to go to.
- Remind yourself that it’s not you. There are thousands of people in the same position as you, and fewer jobs to fill.