I was unemployed for about 5 months in 2015 and very unsure about what I wanted to do next. I was spending 50-60 hours a week researching and applying to jobs. It took a while but I found a great job and it put my career on a new trajectory.
But burnout is real even when you're unemployed and I was worn down. Here are my tips for treating yourself with kindness while you're unemployed now that I'm on the other side of it.
- Set daily time limits for your job search/applications.
- Allow yourself to still have fun and stick with your hobbies.
- Lean on other people, more people have been unemployed than you might think.
- Unemployment, voluntary or involuntary, doesn't change your worth as a person and new employee somewhere else. Speak positive things to yourself daily.