How to keep your balance when you are unemployed

There's a pattern in my life. I work for a while, about a year or two, in one place, then move on. Sometimes I'll find something new almost immediately, like when I came back from the UK, but other times there are these stretches of weeks or months of nothing much.

I'm there again. At first it's great to have a much-needed, well-deserved vacation; then the days melt into each other and you don't really know where you are anymore.

I don't claim to know exactly how to avoid falling into a desperate mood, but here are some suggestions:

- Have a routine. Have specific meal times, for example. I doesn't have to be hectic or too clear-cut, as when you're working or studying, but hacine some structure in your day helps you feel somewhat grounded.

- Take care of yourself. Staying at home most of the time is no excuse to stop eating healthy or exercising. Doing  that will actually make you feel worse about yourself and that's what you want to avoid.

- Get out of the house. Even if it's just grocery-shopping, going outside and meeting people will help you improve your mood.

- Do something you've been wanting to do. This is the time to take up that activity you never found time for, whatever ir is. Not only will it make you happy, you will gain new skills and probably meet new people. It's an all-around win.

What do you do when you are unemployed for longer than expected? How do you deal with it?

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