How I did it: Writing journals, associating only with friends who were supportive and positive and doing whatever that made me happy. Watching comedies, exercising, learning to draw, doing things that I did not have time to do. Must say that it was difficult for me to go out of the house in case I bumped into anyone who would ask me about my unemployment. Was really thankful to have family and friends who could understand my situation and I could talked to. This experience definitely helped me to understand why unemployment can be so depressing and make me empathise more with those going through unemployment. Glad that it is over though my current job is only temporary. Read how I did it… 10 months ago
Finally, I have been able to do everything I set out to do. It was not easy to fight the inertia and depressive mood that brings me down. However, setting the goal and telling myself to just do it and giving it a shot made so much difference. And exercising through dancing kind of lifted my spirits before I go on to do other job-related tasks. Though going out made me sad and afraid that I would bump into anyone whom I might know, I was glad that I did not let unemployment stop me from enjoying simple joys in life. I have started noticing that the low mood really strikes hard at night and does affect my sleep. But, I aim to reflect on the positive things that happen throughout the day and to remind myself of my ultimate goal – to serve and that should not be affected by my unemployment. Will try to keep to a fixed schedule with regular sleeping hours to keep my spirits up.
A few more things to smile at today and I believe there will be more to come..
And, thank you for all the cheers! Really mean a lot to me at this very low point in my life. Am touched by the encouragement 12 months ago
Never thought that unemployment can be so depressing. But, it is really the waiting, the uncertainty, being in limbo that make the period quite unbearable. Used to think that it would be very easy and was so confident to get a job fast. Slowly, I am realizing that I am reaching a dead-end. Feel that I might be slowly slipping into depression if I don’t pick myself up. My goals in the past seemed to be irrelevant now. And slowly I am losing the drive to do things that were meant for a career in the field that I have devoted so much time in. Now, I am only watching shows to lift up my spirits as nothing else interest me anymore. Don’t even feel like going out to meet people as I don’t want to be grilled on the reasons I left my previous company without a job. But, I need to start being productive and remembering that my aim in life is to serve and nothing should stop me from doing that. I need to start structuring my life and making myself productive while bringing up my mood and not slipping down further in the spiral. No one can walk out of this but me. And I will do it. 12 months ago