How to Stay Sane as an Unemployed Graduate

by August 17, 2014
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Since graduating from university and looking for a job, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands to grow. I’ve realized some things about myself, human nature and self-care that you probably can relate to as well. If you’re looking for ways to de-stress in a time when you feel like you need to stick to the societal standards around you, then please read on.

Ask yourself, what keeps you sane? For me, it’s being run off my feet. I don’t function properly if I have time to think. My brain doesn’t shut down, it doesn’t take time off and it doesn’t conform to the whim of everyone around me. This is something I had to find out the hard way, but once I did I learned how to work around it.

One of these ways is by keeping busy and doing things that contribute to society. For example, it’s one of the main reasons I came on board with Flurt. Volunteering for a cause you’re passionate about doesn’t feel like work, and it makes you feel valuable doing good for others.

Secondly, going out and experiencing new things opens up your mind. Until you venture into a new store, café or park you’ve never been in before, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. I love the adrenaline rush of meeting friends at new bars and galleries. It may be because I thrive naturally in these kinds of settings, but I would like to think it’s because I’m brightening up someone else’s days.

Another trick to staying sane is by allowing yourself to indulge every now and then. I don’t mean eat a huge block of chocolate – allow yourself some time just for you. It may sound selfish, but I think we all wish we had more time to do something special for ourselves. This could be to sit down with a book over a weekend, take a photography class on the week day or simply stay home and watch an entire season on Netflix. Whatever your guilty pleasure, make sure you set out time to commit to doing it.

So even though you’re looking for a job and feel the pressure to conform to society’s expectations, it’s okay to take time for yourself to make sure you stay sane. I have a personal philosophy that I’ve sworn to live by, and it goes like this: “I would rather work for free doing a job I love than get paid to do something that doesn’t make me happy.”

What are some things that make you stay sane when you have too much time on your hands? Let me know in the comments below.


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