10 Ways To Stay Motivated When Unemployed

Motivation Tips For The Unemployed

Losing your job is painful. There are many days when you may feel discouraged because the job market is complicated, and the competition for jobs is fierce. It's essential to use whatever resources you can to stay motivated to get through a period of unemployment. Try these tips to boost your motivation while you search for a new job.

1 Utilize The Power Of The Internet

Save time and money! Many tasks that will help you get a job are activities you can do more efficiently online. Research for companies, fill out applications, and join online networking groups to streamline your job search.

2 Work On Your Job Search Each Day

Spend five days of the week actively looking for a job. Pick the ones that will work best for you. In most cases, that would be Monday through Friday. Take the other two days off.

3 Use Your Unemployment Funds Wisely

Pay bills that are necessary but limit other things, like social outings, to a minimum. If you need to borrow money from a friend or family member, do so. Having the money you need to get by will take a lot of stress off, of you.

4 Eat Nutritious Food

Stressful times tend to weaken your immune system, so include plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet to help your body be at its best. Protein is also necessary for keeping your energy levels up when you're looking for work. Trying to gain or lose weight at this time doesn't usually work well. You're more likely to be successful with your weight goals if you put off dieting until after you've found another position.

5 Exercise More Regularly

Enjoy whatever type of exercise that you're used to doing. It can be dancing, running, walking, or any other kind of activity that you wish. Exercise reduces stress, brings you energy, keeps you alert, increases your feelings of well-being, and strengthens your health. All of these benefits will help keep you motivated while looking for a job.

6 Get Plenty Of Rest

It may be difficult to sleep at times when you're looking for work, but it's better to try. For optimum benefits, shoot for 7 or 8 hours of good quality sleep. Avoid caffeine or computer screens for several hours before bedtime to make it easier to get your rest.

7 Use Your Friends For Support

Don't be afraid to enlist the help of your friends. Explain to them that you're between jobs and actively looking for work. Tell them what you're looking for and your background and skills. Your friends may know of a company that is looking for someone just like you!

8 Keep In Touch

Make an effort to keep in touch with previous co-workers. Co-workers from your past job may also have job leads and ideas for you. So, try to reconnect with them.

9 Watch Your Transportation Costs

Cutting back on your gas mileage will save you money. It will also prevent a lot of wasted time. Only go to companies that you've contacted and have an interview with, so you aren't just pounding the pavement.

10 Schedule Some "Me Time" Each Day

When you're unemployed, you might find that you're working harder than ever. Plus, the stress is highly taxing - both mentally and physically. It's crucial to re-energize and boost your morale by engaging in activities that please you.

Try to spend an hour each day doing something you love. Whether you immerse yourself in a hobby or a good book, or even take a nap, enjoy your special time however you like. Pamper yourself. You deserve it!

Finding a new job almost always takes longer than we want it to. But, you can stay motivated by using these tips. Stay focused and dedicated, and your determination will pay off.

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Jackie Wing

Jackie Wing is an Alaska native, who enjoys snowboarding more than is probably socially acceptable. She lives in Anchorage with her two dogs Reese and Peanut, or as she likes to call them "Thing 1" and "Thing 2."