1/28/2015

Staying Positive During Unemployment

Being unemployed after working 50 hour plus weeks for almost two years is a weird feeling. I am trying to make the most of my time while also enjoying the short break. I knew I was going to be unemployed before we moved so I saved for months but I highly recommend having an emergency fund for unexpected layoffs, you never know. Part of being unemployed (the free time part) is really nice, I can pick up and go at anytime when a friend calls, and since we just moved back I have so many people to see and catch up with. On the other hand, not working does get to you, especially when you like working, and it's easy to fall into a funk or feel low. I made a list of rules for myself so I don't let that happen.

My rules:

Work out everyday
This one is really easy but I think it's important, especially with a new gym membership, to focus on my health and create a routine. Since my days are open, it's nice to have somewhere I'm supposed be each day. When I do start working full time again I will have already carved out gym time in my day and it'll much easier to keep it up.

Keep organized
It's really easy to get into a funk during times like this so making sure your living space is clean and organized is just good for your mental health. Plus, now you can do all of those things you said you didn't have time for like organizing your closet or building a bookshelf.

Stay Inspired
It's easy to just sit around and watch TV all day when you aren't working and trust me, I'm guilty of some of it, I am now caught up on Girls thanks to my new free time. However, blogging, writing privately and going out and looking for places and things to photograph are some of the ways I make sure I stay inspired.

Be Active
Luckily, since I saved before I quit my job I have the time to look for the right job, not just the first job. Although I have a recruiting agency actively working to find me a job it's important to keep my eyes open and hunt for those opportunities independently as well. I also look for freelance writing and blogging work separately, since for now that isn't a viable full-time job but something I always want to do on the side.

Have you ever dealt with a stretch of unemployment? Do you work from home and need to find ways to stay productive without supervision? Give me your tips!

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  1. I am currently unemployed, but I am a student and lucky enough to be able to focus on that. I volunteer too, which is part of my course, but I spend a LOT of time at home and I can go crazy sometimes! These tips are really good (P.S Chunk <3)

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  2. I was unemployed when I came back to London from Singapore (1 1/2 months). I would add one thing which is positive thinking. It might be obvious but I always got so caught up with finding a job that I didn't really enjoy the time off. I didn't even have the doubt of finding a job soon but stressed myself out a lot, for nothing. Enjoy it! :) x

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    1. Ah, very important! I need to relax a little more.

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  3. Girl, I have so been there. I spent so many hours wallowing and feeling like I'd never find anything. But then, suddenly, it all worked out... And suddenly I missed all my free time! Enjoy the freedom + beach days while you can!!

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    1. Yes! Very true, it always does work out in the end.

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  4. Exactly, you will miss all that free time when you have a job again, so make the most of it until you get back into the work routine!

    -Kati

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  5. In full time education so although I'm not unemployed, these tips are awesome for just staying motivated in general. Great post- I really respect you positive attitude, even when things aren't going great <3

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  6. Such a great post in staying motivated during unemployment. I've definitely experienced this and kept sane by still keeping a routine! Staying in bed as long as you want or going to be as late as you want will eventually really mess things up and exhaust you. Stay strong :)

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  7. This is such a lovley and interesting read! Have an awesome new week! :)

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  8. Oh yes I know what you mean. I started my new Jon January the 5th and was unemployed for two months before that. And had worked 50+ hours per week before that too, then moved to a new country and fell into a whole. You seem to be better prepared and that is good! I ended up watching shows on Youtube and stuffing my face with crackers every day for two weeks - believe me you don't want to let that happen! ;)

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    1. Haha, yeah totally. It is a constant battle.

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  9. My post for some reason wouldn't post. Well you know what they say. Third times a charm. Something like that lol anyway been there. (My work closed shop while I was on maternity leave on sept 2014 and apparently finding a new one is taking longer than expected so yes Been there and Still here! Haha wish me luck. But all the best to you and on your new dream job! Keep us posted! Congrats girl :D

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