During this pandemic, the Commonwealth Fund estimates 7.7 million people lost their jobs. Although it appears that the world is slowly returning to normal and people are returning to their jobs, if you find yourself still unemployed during this time, you are not alone. Fortunately, we put together some ways to stay emotionally well during unemployment.
Maybe a new path
Take this time to really consider what exactly you want to do. Try journaling these questions to yourself:
You may be thinking:
You’re right, this list won’t get you a job. The frustration felt by applying to so many roles and hearing nothing back can wear you down. However, this list can help you narrow down things that you can start doing without being employed. My father used to always say,
“Figuring out what you want to do, is mostly figuring out what you don’t want to do.”
If you find your interests in writing, start your first book. You like fashion? Try re-working on old clothes and selling them via instagram (hello tie-dye companies during quarantine). You love animals? Volunteer at a local shelter. Creating your own business or a new hobby may not be financially fruitful just yet, but try it while you have the time. Remember, you have the rest of your life to work for someone else.
A new routine
If you’re anything like me, you used to wake up two hours before work. Probably, spend one hour getting ready and, then, another hour commuting to your actual job. Waking up unemployed, gives a new sense of freedom and can be incredibly anxiety provoking.
However, it does matter. Make yourself a new routine, commit to waking up by a certain time and try to have your day structured. The great thing about this is, of course you can change it up. Maybe you make a delicious breakfast and go to the gym one day. Then, you can plan to go to the library and apply for jobs somewhere outside your living room. Keep in mind finding a job is usually a full time job. It requires a ton of effort, trial, and error. Working on your resume or a new application should be a small part of everyday, but also try to savor this time the best you can.
A NEW YOU
Maybe none of the above sounds appealing to you. You’ve tried it, you’re sick of this right now, and you just want things back to the way they were. That’s okay!
We are still in a global pandemic (whether we’re acting like it or not) and times are incredibly tough. Taking this unemployment era of your life as a time to just relax is okay. You’re not a failure if you don’t come out of this with a new hobby or successful blog. We, as a generation, have been blindsided and thrown into a situation that quite literally changed everything.
Spend time nurturing yourself and not worrying about the bigger picture for a while. Spend time (socially distant) with family and friends. Spend time watching your old home movies or looking through photo albums you haven’t picked up in years. Spend time writing letters to yourself so you can read them a year from now and see how far you’ve come. Sooner than later you’ll find yourself back in the workforce.
Do your best to enjoy this time while you have it.