Stay positive and look after yourself

If you're unemployed it can be difficult to remain positive and motivated. It’s really important for you and your family that you stay focused on the future.

The best thing you can do is to look after your own health and wellbeing. Here are some hints and tips for staying positive and looking after yourself.

Ask for help

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek out professional counselling or talk to family and friends.

Stay fit and healthy

Exercising and eating well are really important for your mental health. Exercise releases chemicals into your body that make you feel better and think more clearly. It can also get you out into the world and put you in touch with other people, making you feel less lonely.

Keep a positive attitude

This will be difficult at times, especially if you’re having trouble finding a new job. Try to focus on the things you can control. Value the important things in your life and look at every day as a new opportunity.

Have a plan for your future

You might want to embark on some future career planning. Seek career guidance, or find a mentor who can help you clarify what you might want to do.

Be open to where your skills can take you

It’s important to be open to different types of jobs. It might not be what you were doing before, or what you want to do in the future, but it may help you to move toward your dream job. Having a regular wage will reduce your financial stresses.

Keep yourself motivated

Consider volunteering or finding some other way to stay involved in your local community. These opportunities often lead to formal employment down the track, and they’re a great way to keep focused and positive.

Finally, take advantage of any opportunity that comes your way – you never know where it might lead.