Anyone who’s ever lost their job, either through redundancy or a good old fashioned firing will tell you it’s a less than pleasant experience. Even more unnerving is the dreadful realisation that you have to support yourself until you find another job; the clock is ticking!
If you’re lucky, you’ll have enough cash money in the bank to continue living comfortably until you find a new pay day. If you’re even luckier, you’ll find a new job within a couple of weeks and any stress brought on by your brief time as an unemployed citizen will fade away into the recesses of time and space, a bit like this cat riding a sandwich.
Unfortunately, some of us will come face to face with harsher realities. Some might find themselves unemployed, struggling to find work and haemorrhaging money.
But don’t despair, here are some simple methods one can employ to safely traverse the ominous chasm that is long term unemployment.
Devise a Daily Routine
Like it or not, we rely on routine. The trick is to find your Goldilocks Zone; Too much routine and you’ll institutionalise yourself, Not enough and you’ll congeal to your couch and hope that your inner Tyler Durden will take care of everything for you.
Finding the right balance can be tricky, but it’s not all doom and gloom; remember, you’re unemployed, not incarcerated. Your Everest is to find a job, but keep in mind that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
Make room for some fun stuff. Read something, write something, play an instrument, revisit the forgotten joys of cat’s cradle, whatever it is, allow yourself to let your hair down!
Thrifty is Nifty
In the parlance of today’s youth, you gotta save dat scrilla, yo! Now is not the time to be “making it rain.”
Your money is more finite than ever now, so use it wisely. Set a weekly budget that includes everything from groceries to rent to leisure time (I can’t stress the importance of still allowing yourself to have fun).
Shop smart when it comes to groceries – you want simple meals that don’t sacrifice on nutritional value too much, but can last you a few sittings. Things like pasta and rice are a godsend in these situations.
Fly the Coop
Jack Torrance is the poster boy for cabin fever. Don’t let it happen to you. Fortunately, I have the remedy, and it’s so simple even a child can do it – GO OUTSIDE!
As part of your daily schedule, I implore you to make use your nearest egress and soak up some vitamin D. It can be as simple as taking your Walkman and taking a walk, man. You’ll be surprised how much a bit of physical activity in the great outdoors can boost your mood, even in the direst of times.
Van Mild-er: Social Liaison
Don’t forget to keep up appearances with family and friends. Being unemployed is nothing to be ashamed of, so there’s no need to punish yourself by closing off the rest of the world.
You might not have the funds to go out drinking all night or hit the clubs, but your friends still want to hang out and do stuff, so stay social. Makes plans that are low-cost but high-fun.
And who knows, maybe chatting about your current predicament with others will get people talking; imagine having multiple people job hunting for you!
Times may be tough and the road between jobs long, but keeping the target in sight will invariably lead you in the right direction. And, heck, you might even learn a thing or two along the way.