It can be incredibly easy to be emotionally destructive when you are unemployed and have been in that situation for a while. The longer it takes to get a new role can be so frustrating that you often take it out on family or friends and you can become very focused on negative thoughts such as:
I’ll never get a job as no one ever calls me back
There aren’t any jobs out there so no one is hiring anyway
I’m up against competition that is much younger, so they’ll never hire me
My CV and qualifications are out of date so I’m not very appealing to employers
However, we at Career Journey are here to help you bring back your focus to the positive side of things, so here are a few tips for keeping positive whilst you are unemployed:
Keep in mind the downturn will end. Life is tough for a lot of people at the moment, but the UK has been through economic downturn before and we will come out the other side again. You just need to keep remembering this and be prepared for when it ends.
Create your ideal job and place. Try putting a picture of you on a piece of paper and add pictorial representations or words of jobs that you like. Add a new positive word to the sheet each day and stick it on the fridge or bathroom mirror, anywhere you can see it regularly. This will keep you focused and determined.
Keep you mind-set happy and hopeful. Speak to yourself, think happy thoughts; the birth of your first child, a funny memory, images of your puppy – anything that you can use to give you a positive outlook.
Stay active. You’ve got to remain productive and make good use of your time. Volunteering is an ideal way to boost your spirits, as well as providing extreme value to those who need it. Doing up the house is also helpful, as it keeps your mind on something and you can also save a lot of money doing things yourself, instead of hiring someone else.
Vary your job finding methods. If you are not finding anything online, then perhaps you need to have a walk through town and speak to shop owners or local businesses to see if they have anything available.
Remain sociable and motivated. You have to continue to see your friends even when you don’t feel like it. You don’t have to spend money; it’s just that the contact with people you love will most definitely improve your mood. It will also enable you to stay motivated, get out of the house (and get changed).
Exercise. This is an important factor of staying positive and healthy, for exercise releases endorphins which are feel good hormones and also helps you to sleep, which is needed when you are going through a stressful time.
Be Thankful. Whilst you may think that you are the unluckiest person in the world, take a good look around, watch the news and realise that however low you are, there are always people who are worse off.
Remember that no one but you can change your life, so you need to make the most of the skills and the life that you have whilst you are unemployed. Take nothing for granted. You can either choose to be a negative person and expect nothing good to ever happen, or you can be a positive person and MAKE good things happen.