Make good use of unemployment

Make the most of your down time. (rawpixel.com pic)

Sometimes, you will find yourself out of a job, plagued with financial anxiety, fearing for the future and panicking to some degree. It’s actually okay that you’ve got this period, if you take a positive perspective on the situation.

Get your paperwork in order

First and foremost, this is the time to get your paperwork in order. Any paperwork acquired during the termination should be kept in a file for future use.

Discuss budgeting with family members and create an action plan to keep spending at a minimum. If you are married, refrain from placing all the financial and emotional burden on your spouse.

Rebuild your resume and career goals

Build a new resume and plan of action for future employment. Self-reflect and think about your future aspirations.

These may include such questions as “Do I want to continue in this particular field or explore new possibilities?” Consider your passions and take this time to turn interests or hobbies into a steady income by changing career directions.

Cherish quality time

Enjoy some time with friends and loved ones. Although finances may be tight, there are many ways to enjoy inexpensive or free activities with friends.

These include watching Netflix, engaging in free activities through the local community, visiting the public library and taking walking tours.

Window shopping is an excellent and inexpensive way to get in some downtime before returning to work. Being frugal and creative can lead to new, exciting activities that will keep your spirits high.

Seek freelance opportunities

Work freelance to supplement your income. There are numerous social media sites that offer freelancers work from virtually anywhere. Consider taking classes to either gain a new skill for freelancing or build on an existing one.

Start a business

There is no better time to take action on running a business of your own than during a time of unemployment. While you may have to plan finances carefully, there are no distractions or work commitments to prevent you from building a successful company.

Improve your skills

It is important to avoid gaps in employment after a termination. This is a great time to consider vocational courses or college for a continued education in the current field or even something new.

While it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself, keeping active and positive are the two keys strategies to get through a rough financial period when you’re jobless.

Find creative ways to fill your time and keep a regular schedule to avoid the downward spiral of depression that can become a possibility when you lack purpose in your daily life.

Even in circumstances when unemployment is due to a physical ailment, there are still many activities that you can engage in to keep busy and maintain a positive attitude.

This article first appeared in thenewsavvy.com

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