You’re Lazy. Get Up and Do Something

When I was unemployed, my parents would write this in an email to me every day. My response is always a concise ‘K’.
Their words burned into my confidence. They justified it as “tough love“.

Like a bad breakup, my emotions were running high on sadness at being unemployed. I was rejected. And yes, there were weeks days where I didn’t do a single thing, except roll out of bed to use the washroom.
After the 437,987 email I got from my parents, it finally clicked for me. Below are the steps I took to get out of my funk from being laid-off.
So in the words of my parents: You’re lazy. Get up and do something.
Get your finances in check. First, apply for Employment Insurance as soon as possible to help with cash flow. If money is tight, you can also sell your possessions. Second, stop spending your money on Cheetos. Third, stop spending your money on candy. Fourth, if you must spend your money on Cheetos and candy, see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere and put the difference in a savings account. Fifth, review your savings and monthly debt. Yes, pay down your debt, but you must not forget to save for emergency situations. Sixth, if all else fails, play the victim card to get family and friends to pay for your things – it’s always worked for me ;).
Go hiking. I know, I know. When you’re laid-off the last thing you want to do is leave your bed and put on some (clean) pants. But trust me, going on a hike up in the mountains will give your brain the much-needed oxygen and clarity it deserves. Plus, the chance of you running into someone you know during work hours is slim since they HAVE JOBS and you don’t.
Delete social media. Do it. Delete social media. The faster you do this, the quicker you will stop comparing yourself to your peers and how fake they present their life on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the devil for jobless folk.
Start your own business. Got a skill or killer idea the world doesn’t know yet? Well, unleash the beast. If you’re creative and good with your hands, get crafting and sell. Sell on Etsy or Ebay. Like to write? Start a blog about the cute stuff your pet does or tips on how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. You know, the useful stuff.
Exercise. Let’s face it. Laid-off or not, we all have a few pounds to lose. So, since you’re not doing anything, lose the chub and look fabulous for your next job interview.
Last, but most certainly not least, look for a job. If I need to explain this to you, then there is probably a good reason why you got laid-off.

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