5 Things I Have Learned About Myself During My First Week Of Unemployment

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It’s amazing how much more attentive I have become of myself and my actions over the past week.

After officially becomming redundant from my job of 5 years last week, I made the conscious decision to use the time I have between work as a positive experience. I have been adamant that I will not let this change get me down, although I will not ignore my feelings all together because, let’s face it, losing your job is no fun. Especially when I enjoyed mine so very much.

Here are 5 things I have learned about myself during my first week of unemployment/redundancy:

  • Sleep: Here I was thinking I would get to sleep in now I don’t have a job to go to. What I forgot to think about was the fact that I have been waking up at the same time for the past 5 years straight. So, my alarm might not be set anymore, but my internal alarm is still very much on!
  • Netflix: There really is no limit to how many episodes of Jane The Virgin one can watch in one sitting. I know this because I have experienced countless moments where I have missed sunsets because I was too busy watching yet another episode (season 1 is amazing). Do you ever look up from your screen and not know what time it is because the last time you looked up, it was light out? That’s been me pretty regularly this week.
  • Job Interviews: You can do as much research about the company you are interviewing for and you can do your makeup/hair at wedding-level preciseness, but if you don’t have the ability to talk to strangers and sell yourself as a worker and person, you probably won’t be successful in your job. Remember to take a breath, smile and think about your best qualities that make you, YOU!
  • Force Of Habit: The other day I was out and about, getting a few jobs done in town. Before I knew it, I had parked in the carpark of my former workplace and was about to walk in when I realised I was in the wrong company block! I suppose taking the same route and parking in the same spot for 5 years does make a lasting impression on my memory.
  • Emotions Are Interesting: Remember what I said about not ignoring my feelings? I have definitely dealt with a range of emotions this week with regards to leaving my job and currently not knowing what is next. Uncertainty is scary thing and I have to keep reminding myself that things will get better. However, you couldn’t tell that to me when I was crying on my couch Tuesday morning in my pyjamas with a huge mug of coffee in my hands while watching TV. Don’t ask me what specific thing set me off – it just happened!

Trying to stay positive about this entire situation is helped by my willingness to get back out there into the employment world and start a new chapter. Life can be tough sometimes, but it’s during these down times that we hopefully find out so much more about ourselves than we could ever imagine.

6 thoughts on “5 Things I Have Learned About Myself During My First Week Of Unemployment

  1. Hi, Melissa! 🙂
    Really loved the blog, it’s cute and well written! I’m so sorry you lost your job 😦 I can say I’m in the same boat: the unemployment one. And I do relate to every single thing you noticed. You don’t really pay attention to a routine when your in the routine, only when you get out of it.
    And good luck with the interviews! It’s always weird to “sell” yourself, to put all your insecurities to the side and just think about how good and useful you can be, but that can be a great confidence booster too!

    Anyway, hope you get a job soon, but, in the mean time, enjoy your Netflix binging and the “yourself” time!

    x
    Sarah

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    • Hi Sarah! Thanks for stopping by. I really hope you find something soon that you’re interested in – sometimes things can take time, but you’ll know when everything falls into place. It is so hard to sell yourself! Especially to strangers. Just be yourself and smile. Talk soon xxx

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  2. Hey! I have been unemployed since February 18th, I enjoyed reading your blog. Emotions are definitely interesting, I often go from Happy to Sad to Angry and don’t even know how I got to that emotional state. You’re not alone. What works for me is trying to stay active, it puts me in a better mood sometimes. Good Luck on your job search! 🙂

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    • Hi there! Thanks so much for leaving this comment, I totally agree! Keeping active and trying to see a positive to the situation is what keeps me going. It is definitely an emotional rollercoaster, isn’t it? Sometimes we’ve just got to feel whatever it is we feel, take a deep breath and move on. All the best to you xx

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  3. Hey Melissa!

    I loved reading these posts about unemployment and the emotions that come along with them. As of 3 weeks ago, I voluntarily quit my job as it made me extremely unhappy. Honestly, it was the best decision, but definitely one of the hardest ones I’ve ever made! The emotions that came with that process were just all over the place, but since then I have felt so happy and inspired. I loved reading how you’re taking more time for yourself, going outside, and etc- I’m feeling those exact same things. The opportunity to start fresh is amazing, so I wish you the best! 🙂

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    • Hi there! Thanks for sharing your experience – what a brave decision you made! Ultimately we have to do what is best for ourselves and for our wellbeing. There will be something spectacular that comes along for you, just try to remain open to whatever comes your way! All the best to you, take care xx

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