There's no getting around it: Layoffs are never easy, and they're never fun. Unemployment can leave you scrambling to pay the bills, and it can make you feel as if you have stepped on an endless emotional roller coaster.
In fact, a recent survey at Rutgers University found that the overwhelming majority of unemployed Americans experience feelings of anxiety and depression. After all, there are only so many times you can check Craigslist for new jobs or catch up on Friends re-runs before your mind becomes plagued with worries.
Here are some tips to help you get through these tough times and keep your spirits afloat:
1. Take care of yourself
Step away from the computer screen. Take a break from your inbox, and make some time for your physical and emotional needs. Use this period of unemployment to build better health habits, suggests
career and business consultant Kathy Robinson.
2. Pursue your passion
If you've been dreaming about picking up those piano lessons again or penning your own screenplay, there's no time like the present. No matter how out-there you may think your ideas are, allow
yourself the opportunity to explore the interests that may have gone untapped in your previous position.
3. Give back to your community
Talk about putting things in perspective: Volunteering can help you take your focus off of your own misfortunes and appreciate all of the good things in your life.
4. Make yourself marketable
Unfortunately, in today's bear market, having a college degree doesn't guarantee a good job. As the competition for jobs is fiercer than ever, jobseekers need to work harder than ever to make
themselves more desirable to potential employers.
5. Invest in your friendships
You may tell yourself that you can't afford to go out with friends. OK, so a four-course dinner may not make financial sense -- but that doesn't mean you can't make time for the girls. Invite them
over for a potluck or to play board games.
More career advice on SheKnows
The opinions expressed in this article are of the author and the author alone. They do not reflect the opinions of SheKnows, LLC or any of its affiliates and they have not been reviewed by an expert in a related field or any member of the SheKnows editorial staff for accuracy, balance or objectivity. Content and other information presented on the Site are not a substitute for professional advice, counseling, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical or mental health advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on SheKnows. SheKnows does not endorse any specific product, service or treatment.