I am going to start by explaining my experience with redundancy and then go on to some tips which I have found made the whole process more bearable – and actually turned my experience into a pretty inspiring period within my life.
2016 wasn’t my best year, in fact it could hardly be classed as a good year compared to others. I graduated in 2015 and, like many other graduated, was full of optimism. I landed my first job towards the end of the year and moved into my first flat with my boyfriend. This job wasn’t great but was as far as I saw it a stepping stone onto greater things. January arrived and I found out there was the possibility of being made redundant – just 6 months in to the role. However, I wasn’t gutted, I was to some extend curious to see what my next steps would be. I ended up being made redundant, but luckily found a new job just a month later within a role which I had wanted since graduating. 7 months later I was made redundant again, with the sales dropping dramatically after Brexit the company I was working for had to let a few of us go to keep above water. This time I was gutted and felt incredibly low.
I’ve been “redundant” now for 4 months and these are things I have found help in keeping me a productive, happy individual;
Set a routine
Waking up and having no job to go to can some days be the hardest thing, but as soon as I set a routine I found that my mood increased ten fold. I set my alarm for 8 and force myself to get up and get on with my day. This is so important, and could be the difference between a good and bad day. Get a diary and plan your days, so when you wake up you immediately have something to be getting ready for.
Seriously. Take a shower or bath – everyday. Don’t sit around stagnating ;). When your so down it can get to the point where you question what the point of taking a shower is. Just do it, you’ll feel ready to take on the day and your new, organised schedule!
Set aside time to apply for jobs – but not too much
One of the things I found myself doing was applying for jobs all.day.every.day. Don’t do it! Yes you need to keep applying and working on your CV but your whole day shouldn’t be based around this. There’s more to life than getting a job. When you realize this, your days will become a lot more pro-active.
For me this was so important! I do Yoga everyday, and it is such a huge pick me up. Some days I will go on a walk as well, just to get me out of the flat and get some fresh air. Get yourself into the habit of doing something good for yourself everyday and you will see the changes – I promise!
Explore new opportunities/Socialize
Now is the perfect time to look into exploring new avenues and possibly meet new people. It could be a free class in your area, a museum or simply just finding a new hobby. All of the things you could never find the time to do when you had a job ;).
Plan your meals
Another thing I have discovered since being made redundant is meal planning. I make a list for the coming week of food that I am going to make from scratch ready for the big shop. This forced me to explore new recipes and eat healthier – and actually save some money. The other half jokes about not wanting me to go back to work, he’s become accustomed to having a fresh, tasty meal on the table when he arrives home from work!
Never feel like there is no hope – my boyfriend was out of a job for 9 months, then landed an amazing job with lots of prospects completely out of the blue. Just be patient – and in the mean time, make the most of your time off. x