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Beyond the #funemployment we see plastered all over social media, where everyone seems to be reaping the positive effects of unemployment, there are others who really struggle staying positive while unemployed.
Searching for a job can be financially, mentally and emotionally exhausting, and dealing with unemployment depression is something that many people find themselves experiencing in this uncertain time. This is why it is so important to know how to stay positive when unemployed will be beneficial for your mental health and the productivity of your job search. Structuring your thought process and daily routine is imperative for those wanting to overcome unemployment depression and will be beneficial to any job search.
If you are wondering what to do when unemployed, then the first thing you can start to do is write out a plan. Writing out a plan will help for a few reasons:
We know that our social health effects our physical and mental health, so it is important to keep in touch with family and friends if you’re feeling concerned about being unemployed and depressed.
Give A Grad A Go have a great range of helpful blog posts for graduates living the unemployment life to help them with their job search. Why not take advantage of our free basic CV templates and Graduate Careers Advice pages!
Learning how to deal with unemployment depression can sometimes take a long time, particularly if your job hunt isn’t going as quickly as you may have liked. But there are ways to combat this feeling long term.
It might be hard to visualise if you are experiencing unemployment depression, but once you become employed, you won’t have as much spare time to enjoy. One of the positive effects of unemployment is the amount of time you have spare.
Getting out of your comfort zone and trying new things will be a great way to feel motivated, be proactive and improve your mental health during periods of unemployment.
Here are a few ideas to keep busy during long term unemployment:
Learning a new skill or building upon a current skill is a useful tip to motivate yourself while unemployed. If you always wanted to learn an instrument, join a new gym class, train for a half marathon or become a pro at knitting (?!) then now is the ideal time to do so.
Many of us are fooled into thinking that because we are not working, then we do not deserve breaks. This is not the case at all. Applying for jobs can be just as much work, if not more than spending a day in the office, so don’t take your hard work for granted and give yourself a well deserved break.
If you are feeling particularly stressed then having a break and coming back to your job hunt a day later, or after the weekend will help you feel refreshed, re-charged and energised to get back into the job hunt.
Get in touch with Give A Grad A Go if you are feeling helpless in your job search. Not only do we have a fantastic range of roles in a variety of companies, but we will be able to offer you a bespoke service. This means we will only suggest jobs to you that we think might be of interest, and we will be able to offer support and advise if you are feeling exhausted with your job search. Get in touch today to take advantage of our free service and have a chat!