Yes, it is possible to use your time to do other things besides job searching. Just because you are unemployed, that doesn’t mean your time is any less valuable than your money.
Unemployment can be time for bonding and to further develop your mind, body, spirit, and become better and well- rounded person.
Along with your job search, there are other ways to make the most of your unemployment.
1. SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE.
To avoid stressing about you don’t have and how you’re going to get it, spend time with who is right there with you. Being unemployed allows you to have more energy and time to spend it with your loved ones and create more moments and memories that money can’t buy. If you live alone, spend time taking care of yourself. I mean, you love you too. Right?
2. FIND FREE EVENTS IN YOUR AREA.
You can spend time with the ones you love or by yourself and don’t have to spend a dime. You can subscribe to get updates from local recreation centers, museums, skating rinks, shopping malls, food trucks, even local art and fashion colleges via email or on Facebook.
3. LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE FOR FREE.
Expand your mind by learning a new language or two with free apps like Duolingo.
You can also find a friend who is bilingual or multi-lingual who is willing to help you learn a new language.
There is a complete immersion into the language of your choice. You can change your phone settings, computer settings, or Facebook settings to in all in Spanish, French, or whatever. It will make you have to figure out what is being said.
**Note: It helps to know the language just a little bit before doing a complete immersion. Or you will become frustrated very quickly.
4. USE COUPON AND REBATE APPS TO SAVE & EARN MONEY.
There are a handful of awesome apps and sites that will help you save and earn hundreds of dollars on your groceries, clothing, and other in-store or online purchases. And you get paid with REAL MONEY!!!
For rebates on groceries and other miscellaneous purchases:
- Ibotta. The best app, by far to earn cash back on groceries, clothes, electronics, and even alcoholic beverages.
- Saving Star.
- Checkout 51.
- Receipt Hog. Use this code when you sign up. vift4435
For online purchases: On local and faraway deals.
- Ebates. This site has a large list of popular online retailers like Target, Walmart, and even Groupon.
- Groupon. You can get great deals on local restaurants, travel, and lodging, local events, etc. And don’t forget to go through Ebates to get a rebate on already awesome deals! Talk about getting a rebate at a discount. Double WINNING tho!
- Restaurant.com. This site is the best for local restaurant deals!
*Tip: For more ways to save money on food and groceries. Try making a list of your favorite companies and search for their coupons online. If you can not find coupons, email these companies, telling them how much you love their products, if they have any coupons to mail to you, and ask how often you are allowed to ask for them. Keep a notebook of which companies you’ve contacted and their responses.
5. IF YOU ARE THE SPIRITUAL TYPE… IF NOT, SCROLL ON TO #6.
I like to give advice without trying to offend. However, I like to share what I believe in wholeheartedly.
If you are the spiritual type, unemployment is the time to advance and further yourself into what you believe in. It helps to get up every morning, before the children get up, and pray, read, meditate, or listen to uplifting words or music that quiets or dulls the negative brain chatter before it can even get started.
For me, I pray, read my bible and an encouraging devotional before my son gets up in the morning before school. Why? Because I am one who has issues with waking up to repetitive and negative thoughts. Thoughts that I believe have no good reason to think about, let alone wake up to. They can ruin my mornings very quickly. Reading the bible, praying, listening to worship music helps me to be the warrior that I know that I am.
Related: 10 Ways I Relieved My Symptoms of Depression.
6. BE MORE CHARITABLE.
This one is easy to do while unemployed. You have more time to volunteer your time to a local food pantry, to help an elderly neighbor rake leaves or pull weeds, or sort old clothes and donate to charity. See if there is a donation pickup tuck in your area to come and get it for you.
Doing this also helps you to take your mind off your problems by helping someone else. Also, by extending yourself, you may be able to find that help or job that you need.
7. DO WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO.
Try new recipes.
Take up a cooking class.
Try acting classes (I did and I love it!)
Try a new hair color or style, get a weave or a wig, etc.
Learn how to knit or sew via YouTube.
De-clutter and organize your home.
Start a new project or finish an old one.
8. CATCH UP ON YOUR FAVORITE SHOWS.
This may be counter productive to your job search. I mean, your brains might turn to mush, depending on what you are binge watching. However, it will give you a much needed break from pounding that pavement. And you will be in the loop with the other Heroes fans!
9. SEEK INSPIRATION FROM THOSE YOU ADMIRE.
And I don’t just mean just Pin photos of them. Read up on them. Figure what they did. You can still apply the hustle. Start with small time people. Like, other bloggers and vloggers, local acting and singing talent. Follow and Tweet those people.
10. EMBRACE YOUR UNEMPLOYMENT.
Nooo. I’m not saying you should bum it out. I’m saying for the moment, accept that you are currently unemployed.
Next, look around and notice that everything is okay right now in this moment. Then, take some time and write out what your next move should be. Do some accounting and figure if you can afford to stay and work at home with the children while your partner works outside the some. If that isn’t possible or is the undesired way to go, look into starting your own side-hustle or business or work from home.
I’m still learning what will go into turning my hustle into a full business. So, I don’t have much advice there. However, I recommend buying a notebook or if you can afford it, a large 24″ x 18″ or 24″ x 36″ white board to brainstorm and create a flow chart of how you want to get from where you are to where you want to be.
If you want to work at home for another company, I suggest visiting these sites that have legit job postings.
- *Rat race Rebellion.
- Amazon Mturk. You don’t earn a whole lot from them, but it is possible to to earn in between $10 to $20 per week. You do get paid real money.
*Note, some jobs posted may not be available because the position has been filled or is no longer listed. I am just referring you to these sites. Nothing more and nothing less.
And sometimes, when you except or embrace your unemployment, that is usually the moment you get calls or emails from recruiters.
So, hang in there! What is for you, is for you. It’s okay to make the most of a quiet season.
What tips do you have to benefit during unemployment? I’d love to hear or read from you.