Being unemployed or underemployed is not easy! You might’ve gone from working everyday to your whole world being rocked by a change in your employment. Here are 6 ways to help you stay sane while unemployed or underemployed!
- Create a Schedule and Include Breaks
Create a schedule or routine for yourself and stick with it. People often think they are just missing money when they are unemployment or underemployed, but they are also missing their routine. I work two-part jobs as well as freelance write. What works for me is to create a schedule. This was effective when I was unemployed too. Here’s an example of a schedule you can create for yourself:
- 9:00-9:30am – Breakfast
- 9:30-11:00am – Job hunting
- 11:00-12:00pm- Brush your teeth, shower, and get dressed
- 12:00-1:00pm – Head to a Wi-Fi spot and job search – This could include the library or places like Panera Bread. You could also have lunch.
- 1:30-3:30 pm – Exercise
- 3:30-4::30 pm – Break
- 4:30 -5:00 pm – Job hunting
- 9:00am-11:30am – Job hunting
- Relax, church, family and friends
I have to emphasize the importance of taking breaks. You have to fill out numerous and often lengthy applications. You also have to change your resume to fit each position. That is work in itself!
If you’re not careful, you will burn yourself out. I know from experience. My brother got me on this one day, but in a joking way. He was telling me to watch a TV show, and I was like, “I don’t have time to watch TV. I’m job hunting 24/7.” He was like, “Well, take a lunch break and go watch it!” I cracked up and instantly realized how silly I was for not taking breaks. So, be sure to include them in your schedule.
- Spend Time with Family and Friends
If you are following your schedule, be sure to work in time to spend with your family and friends. This can help you relax and get through trying times. You can vent to your friends and/or family, but try not to stay focused on the struggle. Otherwise, this can make you even more tired and frustrated. I know from experience!
- Find Someone Who Inspires You
I like to watch shows like Being on Centric that show how people, especially celebrities have made it through rough times. Find someone who works in the field you desire to be in. Find out what ups and downs they went through to be where they are today. It helps you to see that there is hope, and at any time, Jesus can turn things around for you.
- Do Your Hair
I know you’re reading that heading like, “What?” Yes girl, go do your hair. Studies have shown the connection between our appearance and self-esteem. Give yourself a new do, or (if you can) go to the salon and get your hair done. I would suggest doing your hair in a natural hairstyle that you can wear on your interview. I’ve included ideas for styles in this article.
Also, another tip is to keep a pack or two of Marley braiding hair, Eco Styler gel, rubber bands, and bobby pins. This way, you can always put your hair in a tuck and roll or twist style for your interviews.
- “Be Kind to Yourself Always”
One of my old supervisors said the words above to me several years ago, and I never forgot them. Being unemployed or underemployed is stressful enough. Treat yourself kind as you go through your transition. Remember that the seasons will change, and you will be back on your feet. Will there be times where you will get frustrated? Absolutely! After applying to what appears to be like hundreds of positions and you’re hearing anything back from any of them. Or, let’s say you go on a job interview and you don’t hear back. You can start to feel frustrated. This means it’s time to go take a break and do something enjoyable.
In Philippians 4:19, the Lord promised supply all of our needs according to his riches and glory in Christ Jesus. So, he knows you need to work. He knows you have bills you need to pay. He you need to eat. He knows you need shelter, and we can trust that he’s got it covered. The job you’ve been waiting for is coming. Be sure to spend time praying and reading His word.