Five Things to Do Every Day While You’re Out of Work


woman doing yoga at home

I posted this in January, never imagining how relevant it would be in March (with some updates.)  I hope you’re taking care of yourself during this crazy time.

  1.   You’ll need to keep up your energy and spirits so you can be ready for the next great opportunity, when all of this craziness has passed.  Exercise is a natural mood enhancer, and the energy boost and healthy you achieve will show when you meet new people.  The daily discipline of working out will be helpful when you get back into an office routine. You may even get a bonus – looking better in that new interview suit.
  2. Nurture your spirit. It could be a spiritual practice like meditation or attending a service online; it could simply be a walk in nature.  Whatever makes you feel strong and inspired is good for your job search.
  3. Turn off the television and read. You are what you read; if you read uplifting words from others who have come through difficult times, you’ll gain something from their wisdom and courage.  You can also plan for the future: research your target industry, catch up with a local newspaper, or read a good book on better job searches.  (They’re free at the local library.)
  4. Do something nice for someone else – virtually. We are all in this together, sad, anxious, uncertain…  do what you can to help from a distance.  Offer support, prayers, practical help with the daily tasks that have suddenly become so difficult. Practice gratitude for the blessings you do have in your life.   Again, what lifts your spirits is good for your upcoming job search and your long-term well being.
  5. Get out and say hello to people in your neighborhood, if you can safely. We’re all feeling isolated these days; your friendly wave and brief check in (from a safe distance) might be the bright spot of someone’s day.  Get to know a neighbor you’ve only waved to.  Even in these difficult times, maybe especially in these difficult times, we have an opportunity to connect with each other as humans.

Taking care of you should be Job One even if you’re employed right now and working from home. If you’re not well rested, well nourished, and just plain…well, you won’t be at your best and won’t be able to enjoy yourself as much when we finally get to the other side of this.

 

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