Coping with unemployment

Unemployment can get you down, and not just because you’re worried about money. It’s easy to feel hopeless and depressed when you’re out of work and you’re trudging around endless recruitment agencies to try and find new opportunities.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to help you cope with unemployment. After trying these tips out, you should feel stronger and more in control of the situation.


Without the routine of work, it’s really easy to have long lie-ins every day, followed by a few hours of lounging around in your pyjamas watching TV. This will make you feel a lot worse. Get up on time every day and set yourself things to do (going for a walk, reading a motivational book and so on) at set times. It will make you feel more human and able to cope with your situation.


Exercise is good for you in so many ways, not least because it releases happy hormones called endorphins. When you’re out of work, you need all the happy hormones you can get! You can exercise for free, too – try walking in the park for an hour every day.


Create a job hunting plan. Which websites will you use to search for work? How many recruitment consultants can you meet with each week? Can you do two hours of job hunting a day? Do you need to rewrite your CV? Answer all of these questions with a plan and some action.




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