I wanted to share this post and be honest as I can with you as being ‘unemployed’ is not something I want to be ashamed of. I’ve been working my little ass off all year and I’ve achieved many things of which I’m proud of.
Firstly, let me explain how I got to where I am now:
I’ve now been unemployed for just shy of 2 weeks, it wasn’t a shock as such due to the nature of my job. The work I do is seasonal so my role is only needed from February to November, leaving me with an empty 10ish weeks. It’s no way disastrous as I know I have employment to go back to in a short amount of time, it’s just waiting the winter out and deciding the most valuable way to spend my time.
A few weeks prior to the end of my contract I had interviewed for a full-time position which I had a lot of hope strung on, unfortunately, I wasn’t successful. (you might have seen me tweet about this). I did have a mini-breakdown over this as I couldn’t bring myself to get a retail Christmas job as shops are just hellish this time of year.
I decided that instead of getting a job that would make me miserable and take a toll on my mental health I would spend my time doing things to make me happy. A few things on my list were, spending time with family, working on my socials, making some Christmas presents, doing more exercise and reading more. This sounded like a top plan however I’ve found myself not getting out of bed until 12 as I have nothing to get up for; I still set an alarm, it goes off and I think ‘I don’t want to start the day yet’. I’ll then get ready and do a few useful bits and bobs with my time, but a few hours later it’s dark and it feels like PJ time. In my head, I’ve wasted the whole day and then I struggle to get to sleep. As you could imagine this doesn’t do any wonders for my mental health.
I’ve decided that from tomorrow onwards I’m going to start vlogging, this way I can document the festive time with my family and it’ll give me a reason to get up earlier. I’d love to be one of those people who attend the early bird swim sessions at 7am as I think it’s such a healthy way to start the day off. I’m also going to start writing myself a to-do list of 3 things in the morning so I then have a sense of accomplishment by the evening.
That’s a very brief plan for the next month but I’m hoping it’s enough to keep me in a positive headspace. I’ve also got my fingers crossed that I can pick up the odd bit of Blog & Instagram work to give myself a little extra cash to spend at this time to help me out. I would also love to be able to do some sponsored posts so when you get the dreaded Christmas questions from far relatives such as: ‘Why aren’t you working?’ ‘What are you actually doing with your time?’, I can come back with I’ve been doing some paid work for my online blog. This would then take me from feel ashamed to like a badass and that’s a feeling I want so pls support me lol.
If you currently don’t have a job or have previously faced unemployment I’d be interested in hearing how it made you feel and how you coped with it?