Caring for Yourself During a Job SearchJuly 21, 2014
So the unthinkable finally happened and you were laid off from your job with little to no warning. This is often a business decision that has very little to do with you and your abilities. However, it is still a punch to the gut. It’s up to you to recover after this shock. As you update your resume and reach out to your network, be sure to take time and find ways to care for yourself during what is often a frustrating and discouraging time.
Nourish Your Finances—One of the most vital things to do when you lose a job is take a long, hard look at your financial situation. Take into account your obligations and make distinctions between your wants and desires. Be flexible and find new ways to enjoy what you love to do. If you love to go to the movies, accept that it might not be in your budget and check out a movie from the library and make some popcorn at home.
Nourish Your Body—Good food and exercise will go a long way in helping combat many of the physical side effects of stress. Don’t use a lack of income as your excuse for avoiding nutritious food and exercise. You don’t need a costly gym membership to stay active and there are countless resources for eating well on a budget.
Nourish Your Support System—Stay away from toxic people who only bring you down. This is a time to nurture relationships that support and encourage you, while giving you a safe place to vent your emotions. Remember, comparison is the thief of joy and it is easier to stay positive if you are willing to let go of jealousy and comparisons. Just a quick reminder to keep an eye on your alcohol consumption. Moderation is good for your budget and your outlook.
Nourish Your Sense of Fun—Don’t be afraid to find affordable ways to sneak a little bit of fun and levity in your day. Take a short break to venture out on a spontaneous walk to the river or spend an hour watching your favorite movie and come back to your job search feeling refreshed.
Nourish Hope—Accept the reality of your situation and plan a way to move forward. When you are having trouble seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, take a shorter view. Look at your overall plan or your to-do list for the day to see what goal you’ve accomplished in the present. Don’t wait for motivation or inspiration to strike. Keep searching even when you’re down.
Nourish Gratitude—Find something good in every day and give thanks for the blessings that you discover. Even when you’ve had a rough day with no leads or an outright rejection, find a moment to express gratitude for that delicious first sip of coffee, the way the sunlight slants over your desk or a kind word from someone at the store. This act of thanksgiving will help remind you that there is good in the world.
While these nurturing reminders won’t land you a new job, they are an important part in maintaining a positive outlook during this stressful time.