The last month has been rough. Unemployment has reminded me how tough life can get. I’m remembering I’m blessed but also stressed.
What do I mean by this? Frankly, it’s the frustration of looking for a new job when I’m not currently employed. It’s a difficult situation to be in. Realistically, employers want you to be employed while looking. Add that to the interview question of why the last role ended and it can make you feel like a failure. That’s how I felt back in October when my last job ended. I had to go back to this blog entry to remind myself that I’m not a failure!
How can I sit here and say I’m blessed and stressed? I feel so blessed because I have people I love who are being supportive while I look for my next role. From my husband, to my parents, and everyone else in between, I know I have people who genuinely care about where I’m at. I’m super blessed, I am also super stressed out. This job hunt is no joke!
Finding a new job is a full time job in itself. I find myself jumping on my computer each day and spending all day looking sometimes. A few days ago I realized I was going about this whole thing a bit sideways. While thinking about that I realized I had skills on my resume that could translate into a potentially new career path. I even reached out to a few recruiters and asked them to give me honest feedback on my resume to see if I COULD translate those skills. Thankfully, all of the recruiters I reached out to said my skills could make me a great recruiter!
How am I Staying Blessed While Stressed?
I’m managing my stress by NOT overdoing my search. It is probably counterintuitive but I have to or I will go NUTS. Right now, I’m balancing my days doing my search AND taking time to do other things such as writing my book.
In addition to balancing my days out, I’m trying to remember to eat healthy, get exercise, and keep hydrated. I can’t be effective in my job search if I don’t feel physically or mentally okay. That doesn’t mean I am spending hours at the gym. I’m simply just walking around Boston when I’m there and making sure I don’t sit in a chair all day.
In addition to those couple of things, I’m remembering that this job hunt is a process. I can’t rush it and I have to be as patient as possible. The problem is, I feel guilty for losing my job. Yup, I am feeling so much guilt because I’m in this situation again. I don’t say this as a pity party tactic. I’m saying it because it’s the truth. Needless to say, I’m working through that as well.
How else am I keeping my sanity? Not being home by myself has been a huge help. When I’m home alone, I get more mentally frazzled. Add that to the ADD and anxiety situation and it’s a recipe for disaster. I know that and am mitigating it. It’s a process.
To wrap up this week, I want to encourage you all to balance your days out. Remember that work may be important but your mental, physical, and emotional health are even more important. Look at the good things in your life. We call those our blessings. Don’t focus on the stressful parts too much. After all, those stressful parts of life are, in most cases a blip on the radar of life.
I hope this week’s post has inspired you to take real action and I wish you a wonderful week. Be well and namaste!