We understand that being unemployed can be one of the most difficult life experiences to navigate, especially in our country’s current economical circumstances. It is important to keep oneself encouraged through the ups and downs and to get back up after a setback. But how can you do this when it feels as if there is little to no hope?
- Have a “one reason” and remind yourself daily of it. What is the one thing that can get you out of bed even when you feel like giving up? Is it pursuing your dreams? Is it your children? Whatever it is, it can keep you going when the journey gets difficult.
- Take a break if you need to. Job searching can be time and energy consuming, not to mention mentally and emotionally exhausting. Take a break and focus on the little things that bring you joy, such as spending time with loved ones, watching your favourite TV series, or simply taking a walk.
- Learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Explore your likes and dislikes and discover new things about yourself. This can actually help you in the workplace, as it allows you to take note of your strengths, weaknesses and abilities in a way that you would otherwise not notice.
- Volunteer for a good cause. Sometimes focusing on the needs of others helps keep a balanced perspective of our own life, and helps us to take stock of things we can be grateful for. It also helps us grow and mature emotionally, which enhances our people skills (which can be handy in the workplace).
- Join a support group with others who are looking for jobs. Being part of a community where people understand our journey and struggles, keeps us from feeling alone.