How To Survive Unemployment


Is unemployment driving you crazy and stressing you out? Are you feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty? You are not alone. Here are some tips to help you deal with this challenging period of your life. 



Unemployment has been labelled as one of the most stressful things a person can go through, and rightfully so. The financial strain, boredom and feelings of worthlessness that unemployment brings are extremely challenging. 

Whether you've been fired, retrenched or are still looking for your first job, being unemployed can be mentally and emotionally draining and maintaining a positive attitude can seem nearly impossible.

Here are some tips to help you stay sane during this time:

Get support

Sharing your frustrations with people who care is a crucial part of coping with the stress and disappointment of being unemployed. If it is possible, open up to trustworthy friends who can be a positive influence in your life. You will need the support of loved ones while you are looking for your next job.

Consider volunteering

Volunteering has many benefits, especially for those who find themselves in the unemployment boat. Volunteering gives you a sense of meaning at a time when you feel hopeless. It also gives you confidence and reminds you that you have something to contribute to society. Volunteering that is meaningful to you can make you feel useful during a time where it feels like your skills are not wanted elsewhere. In addition volunteering can open up unexpected doors to employment. Besides finding purpose, volunteering can give you an opportunity to network, meet new people and gain new skills or develop existing ones.

Try to maintain a routine

One of the first things to go when you don't a have a job is a daily routine. Work brings a level of purpose and consistency to your day and losing that can add to your sense of failure. Establish a weekly schedule and try to complete at least one productive activity each day. For example, go for a run each morning as soon as you wake up, or read a chapter of your favourite book each day. This gives you something to check of your list, making you feel like you've accomplished a task for the day. 

Join a class or club

This is a great opportunity to meet new people while learning a skill. Spending time outside of the home can be refreshing and socialising with different people can give you a new perspective on life. Join a workout class, painting class or maybe start a short course.

Thinking about brushing up on your skills while you job search? Browse our list of courses to find what you are looking for

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