surviving unemployment

For any of you out there who are job hunting, this is for you.

I feel like there are a couple of components in getting through this dreaded phase and the most important I’ve come to realize are the following:

1. Your MINDSET. It’s so easy to fall into a negative cycle of thought, especially after the first two or three rejections. There are days when I just think to myself: I’m unemployed, why does x, y, z matter right now…I feel effing useless… I don’t deserve to do x, y ,z until I find a job. STOP. Remind yourself that you should not put your life on hold just because you haven’t found a job yet. In fact, this is the time where you get to be selfish and focus on yourself because you can! Focus on things that you have always wanted to work on, because, what’s a better time than now? Find a project you are passionate about- whether that’s starting a blog, picking up photography, or trying that new recipe you never had time for! If you are able to, don’t forget to treat yourself once in a while. Of course, it’s important to be extra careful of your spending habits. It’s definitely not the time to splurge on those Louboutin’s you’ve been eyeing for the longest time, but I think occasionally rewarding yourself with a treat is a good way to keep yourself motivated.

2. Routine, routine, routine! My Dad keeps telling me this. My friends keep telling me this. And so does the little voice in the back of my head. Why? Because having a routine when your days are mostly free is so important. Not going to lie, there are more days than I’m willing to admit to lying on my couch for pretty much the entire day, searching and applying to jobs, not really knowing what to do with myself and feeling pretty hopeless. But getting into a routine definitely brought my positivity levels wayyy up. I think a routine just gives you a bit more purpose to your life when things don’t feel purposeful at all. It makes you feel like you are actually working towards something rather than unproductively wasting your days away. A couple of suggestions on what to include in your routine that have been working for me–

-Outdoor time: being cooped up all day is no good. Your lungs need fresh air, your brain needs fresh air. You need human contact, whether that’s just sitting in a coffee shop surrounded by strangers to work on your apps or greeting the cashier at the grocery store. It makes a difference, trust me.

-Project(s): whether they are projects that will potentially make you a better candidate or projects that you are just simply excited about.

-Exercise: exercise increases your energy levels, makes you feel extra productive, and boosts your confidence (which is a plus for those nerve-wracking interviews!).

Ultimately, unemployment is temporary and down the road when you are finally settled down in your new job, you are going to look back and realize this process is necessary. It is a learning experience you can either take advantage of or let it take advantage of you.

So….yeah. Those are just a couple of tips I’ve learned in the past couple of weeks. Honestly I feel like they are applicable to life in general or when you’re stuck in a funk. But anyhow, whoever you are, thanks for reading and hopefully this post is helpful in some way! 🙂

xo sandra when she wanders

3 Comment

  1. StephJ says: Reply

    This is a great post! I had a hard time when I was unemployed but I guess it really is about your mindset.

    1. Thank you! Means a lot, and yeah it definitely is. 🙂

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