Top 11 Tips for Staying Motivated When Unemployed
Losing your job is painful. There are many days when you may feel discouraged because the job market is complicated and the competition for jobs is fierce. In order to get through a period of unemployment, it’s important to use whatever resources you can to stay motivated.
Try these tips to boost your motivation while you search for a new job:
1. Utilize the power of the internet. Save time and money! Many tasks that will help you get a job are activities you can do more efficiently online.
2. Work on your job search each day. Spend five days of the week actively looking for a job. Pick the ones that will work best for you. In most cases, that would be Monday through Friday. Take the other two days off.
3. Use your unemployment funds wisely. Pay bills that are necessary but limit other things, like social outings, to a minimum.
4. Eat nutritious food. Stressful times tend to weaken your immune system, so include plenty of extra fruits and vegetables in your diet to help your body be at its best. Protein is also necessary for keeping your energy levels up when you’re looking for work.
5. Exercise regularly. Enjoy whatever type of exercise that you’re used to doing. This can be dancing, running, walking, or any other type of activity that you wish.
6. Get plenty of rest. It may be difficult to sleep at times when you’re looking for work, but it’s better to try. For optimum benefits, shoot for 7 or 8 hours of good quality sleep.
7. Use your friends for support. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends. Explain to them that you’re between jobs and actively looking for work. Tell them what you’re looking for and your background and skills.
8. Make an effort to keep in touch with previous co-workers. Co-workers from your previous job may also have job ideas and leads for you.
9. Watch your transportation costs. Cutting back on your gas mileage will save you money. It will also prevent a lot of wasted time. Only go to companies that you’ve contacted and have an interview with, so you aren’t just pounding the pavement.
10. Schedule some “me time” each day. When you’re unemployed, you might find that you’re actually working harder than ever. Plus, the stress is highly taxing – both mentally and physically. It’s important to re-energize and boost your morale by engaging in activities that bring you pleasure.
11. Turn your hobby into a new income stream. Hobbies that could potentially be monetized and turned into businesses range from painting, woodworking, baking, web design, blogging, copy writing, to dog training. Most hobbies can be monetized as long as they provide value to others.
Finding a new job almost always takes longer than we want it to, but you can stay motivated by using these tips. Stay focused and dedicated, and you’re determination will pay off.
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