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My motivation to look for work is terrible, but my self esteem is low too help?

By Guest Author On May 21, 2010 Under Self Help Tips

At the moment i’m unemployed and i’m not really doing much to change my situation. I hand in cv’s to certain places, but i’m not actually getting myself "out there" so i can find a job ASAP. I am literally just going along nice and easy, and waiting for a job to come up. It’s ridiculous because i know i am doing it, but i still insist on being this way. My other problem i have which is a big part of the reason i’m lacking motivation to look for work is because i am overweight, so therefore i have really low self esteem and confidence. I had some money saved up anyway, so i started at the gym and i have lost weight, but not enough and i still feel self conscious about my looks. I know it’s stupid to not want to work because of the way i look, but i also avoid jobs that would mean me dealing with lots of people as this would make me very self conscious because i would be worrying what people said or thought. Please help because i have been unemployed now for months!

As unemployment rate soars, there are more and more people: unemployed, bored, and starting to loose motivation and have low self-esteem. After being unemployed for a little more than a month people find themselves spending entire days in my pajamas, compulsively checking job websites, and thinking of their pet as a coworker. How does one stave off this madness? Here are some tips for you;

1. Get out of bed: Make sure you get up at a reasonable time, close to the time you would regularly wake up and you were employed.

2. Set a routine: Once you’re out of bed, create a routine to follow every morning. Take a shower, get out of your pajamas, walk the dog, make some coffee, eat breakfast. Stick to this routine every day, but feel free to take the weekends off.

3. Make some lists: Create a long-term list, as well as daily lists. Your long-term list should include ongoing projects that need to be worked on, but not necessarily completed in a single day: painting the guest bedroom, reorganizing the garage, or catching up on your scrapbooking. Your daily list should be prepared the day before, so you’ll know where your day’s heading when you get up and start your routine. Try to mix up your tasks between boring things and fun things. Do the laundry, mow the lawn, read a book or work on a hobby for an hour, clean the kitchen, spend an hour searching the web for job opportunities.

4. Get out of the house: It can be difficult to get out of the house when you have no where to go and no money to spend. So try to be creative. Take your laptop to Starbucks and do your job searching there. If you have a dog, take it to an off-leash area for an energetic play session. Have a friend who’s unemployed? Get together at one of your houses and catch up over a cup of coffee.

5. Take up a low-cost hobby: If you are so desperately bored that you can’t stand it, take up a hobby that’s cheap and eats up a lot of your time. Knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint aren’t just for grannies: They’ll keep you occupied and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

6. Work it out: One reason people give for not exercising as much as they should is that they simply don’t have enough time. Well, guess what? Now you have plenty of time! Go for a jog or a bike ride, do some crunches, pushups, squats – you don’t need to join a gym to get the exercise you need.

7. My final bit of advice it to keep your spirits up. It might seem like you’ll never find another job, but chances are you will. Stay optimistic, busy, and active, and you’re likely to stay sane.

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3 comments - add yours
Mike Laredo

May 22, 2010

What you’re feeling is normal. You’re stuck in a cycle. It’s good you’ve joined a gym. In terms of diet I would recommend a low carb diet – google Atkins or just Low Carb. The pounds will fly off as long as ur doing cardio and weights as well. As for employment just do it when ur ready. There’s no point in going back into the workforce if ur heart isn’t in it. Maybe try some volunteer work first. Look for work that interests you rather than just a job. You’ll be alright.
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wisener

May 22, 2010

As unemployment rate soars, there are more and more people: unemployed, bored, and starting to loose motivation and have low self-esteem. After being unemployed for a little more than a month people find themselves spending entire days in my pajamas, compulsively checking job websites, and thinking of their pet as a coworker. How does one stave off this madness? Here are some tips for you;

1. Get out of bed: Make sure you get up at a reasonable time, close to the time you would regularly wake up and you were employed.

2. Set a routine: Once you’re out of bed, create a routine to follow every morning. Take a shower, get out of your pajamas, walk the dog, make some coffee, eat breakfast. Stick to this routine every day, but feel free to take the weekends off.

3. Make some lists: Create a long-term list, as well as daily lists. Your long-term list should include ongoing projects that need to be worked on, but not necessarily completed in a single day: painting the guest bedroom, reorganizing the garage, or catching up on your scrapbooking. Your daily list should be prepared the day before, so you’ll know where your day’s heading when you get up and start your routine. Try to mix up your tasks between boring things and fun things. Do the laundry, mow the lawn, read a book or work on a hobby for an hour, clean the kitchen, spend an hour searching the web for job opportunities.

4. Get out of the house: It can be difficult to get out of the house when you have no where to go and no money to spend. So try to be creative. Take your laptop to Starbucks and do your job searching there. If you have a dog, take it to an off-leash area for an energetic play session. Have a friend who’s unemployed? Get together at one of your houses and catch up over a cup of coffee.

5. Take up a low-cost hobby: If you are so desperately bored that you can’t stand it, take up a hobby that’s cheap and eats up a lot of your time. Knitting, crocheting, and needlepoint aren’t just for grannies: They’ll keep you occupied and won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

6. Work it out: One reason people give for not exercising as much as they should is that they simply don’t have enough time. Well, guess what? Now you have plenty of time! Go for a jog or a bike ride, do some crunches, pushups, squats – you don’t need to join a gym to get the exercise you need.

7. My final bit of advice it to keep your spirits up. It might seem like you’ll never find another job, but chances are you will. Stay optimistic, busy, and active, and you’re likely to stay sane.
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Soulminer

May 22, 2010

I know how demoralizing it feels to be unemployed for a long time. I found that getting a job, any job helped improve my self esteem. I went to an employment agency and told them I’d take anything they had going. I worked a night shift at a printers packing greetings cards. It was physically demanding and I lost about twelve pounds in weight over a month of working there. Maybe you could be less choosy and try a physical temp job like I did. After that I got into office temp work and then permanent office based work. Temporary work is not as good as permanent work but it’s a good place to start because employers often take people on permanently after they’ve been working as temps.
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