Long-term positivity tips: 🙌
Learning how to deal with unemployment depression can sometimes take a long time, particularly if your job hunt isn’t going as quickly as you may have liked. But there are ways to combat this feeling long-term.
Enjoy the time ⏲
It might be hard to visualise if you are experiencing unemployment depression, but once you become employed, you won’t have as much spare time to enjoy. One of the positive effects of unemployment is the amount of time you have spare.
Get some experience ✍
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things will be a great way to feel motivated, be proactive and improve your mental health during periods of unemployment.
Here are a few ideas to keep busy during long-term unemployment:
- Sell some old belongings or clothes online or at a car boot sale. This will not only make you feel productive but could also bring in some extra cash and help you clear out. A messy working environment has been proven to kill your productivity – so having a good clear out could also boost your chances of getting a job!
- Get a part-time job or find some work experience. If you know someone who wouldn’t mind you shadowing them at work for a week or could offer you some work experience then this could be a great way to improve your CV and keep busy during your job search. If you don’t know anyone, then ask around local businesses and see if they need a hand.
- Volunteering is a great way to spend your spare time, boost your CV, help others and feel better about yourself. Volunteer your time on a crisis helpline, in charity shops, or at animal rescue centres for example.
Learn something new 👀
Learning a new skill or building upon a current skill is a useful tip to motivate yourself while unemployed. If you always wanted to learn an instrument, join a new gym class, train for a half marathon or become a pro at knitting (?!) then now is the ideal time to do so.
Take a break! 💆♀️
Many of us are fooled into thinking that because we are not working, then we do not deserve breaks. This is not the case at all. Applying for jobs can be just as much work, if not more than spending a day in the office, so don’t take your hard work for granted and give yourself a well deserved break.
If you are feeling particularly stressed then having a break and coming back to your job hunt a day later, or after the weekend will help you feel refreshed, re-charged and energised to get back into the job hunt.