Unemployment: Best Thing That Ever Happened To You?

There are very few guarantees in life. It used to be only death and taxes that were a guarantee but that list has grown to add one more guarantee in life. We will all at some point experience a job loss, either through being fired or laid-off. It has become an inevitable part of growing up in this society, and as a result many millions of people can empathize with how devastating losing a job can be. The broad and wide range of emotions can be overwhelming at times, and when you add that to the worries about your loss of income, loss of health insurance and feeling of rejection, this can quite literally be some of the toughest times of your life. Even the most well-rounded and skilled can be out of work for an extended period of time. Assistance from the Government through services like unemployment benefits, COBRA health insurance coverage and hopefully and possibly a severance package, you should be okay for the next couple of months financially, but how about emotionally? Here are some rules to live by to keep yourself sane and your mind clear and healthy during this unemployment you find yourself in.

  • Keeping a positive attitude is imperative as many times the job search can drag on for months, and that job you thought you were sure to get because you aced the interview, you didn’t end up getting. Both for your emotional wellbeing and for the sake of giving off the impression that you are in a good state of mind to potential employers, stay positive, tomorrow is always another day.
  • While you should obviously be committing yourself to searching for a new job every day, you should also be taking time away from that stressful process as well. Make sure to do something just for you a couple times a week. It is okay to enjoy your time off a little bit.
  • Use your time wisely by exercising or doing household chores. Do a lot of things you always swore there were never enough hours in the day to get done.
  • Expand your horizons and learn a new skill either online, through night classes or at your local community college. Not only will this potentially help you on your job search, it will give a personal sense of accomplishment and self-worth that is sure to give you an emotional and physical boost in all aspects of your life.
  • Go to the movies, catch up on some reading, take a walk or try a new restaurant

Whatever you do, just do something. Yes you are unemployed and it sucks, but once you get past that initial shock of losing your job, you will quickly realize that it just might be the best thing that has happened to you in a long time. You are unemployed but you aren’t dead. It is okay to enjoy your new found freedom while combining that with your efforts to find a new job as well. You would be shocked what taking care of yourself for once, can do for your sense of confidence and your mental and physical health. This new found confidence and self-esteem just might be the difference maker when it comes to your next job interview and getting your next job.

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