5 Fun, Inspiring and Constructive Ways to Spend Your Time Between Jobs
Life is unpredictable; maybe your dream career wasn’t all you made it out to be in your head and you decided to end it, or maybe you got laid off and are finding yourself in a situation where you’re clueless about what your next move should be. Regardless of reason, “between jobs” is a weird place to be.
Quitting or losing your job is a big change in your life that can be hard to adjust to. The world is your oyster, but what do you do?
Instead of slipping into your washed out pj’s and rewatching your favorite show for the millionth time whilst desperately browsing through job listings, look at this time in your life as an opportunity to do something that you’ve been wanting to do, something you never thought you’d get the chance to do, or something that scares or intrigues you – do something for you. Take this time to live, explore and figure things out – you’ve literally been given an opportunity to stop adulting for a little period of time and just be – how amazing is that?
Whether you’re on gardening leave (and being paid to do nothing, which is ideal) or your bank statement is telling you to get a new job yesterday, taking a little time to breath can be a good idea – even if it’s only a few days. Embarking on a new job, or even career, is not something that you want to rush into, and disconnecting your mind from all things work related can be a great way to figure out what you really want to do.
We’ve put together a list of different activities and things you can do to take your mind off the things that are stressing you out, and hopefully provide you with a fresh perspective on where you’d like to head next.
1. Book A Yoga Retreat
If your previous job and/or the stress of quitting or being laid off has had you on the verge of a nervous breakdown (which is normal), maybe a yoga retreat is exactly what you need to calm your mind and come to peace with your situation? Doing yoga doesn’t only strengthen your body and calm your racing thoughts – the whole lifestyle practiced at a yoga retreat is a different way of life, and something I believe we could all benefit from experiencing from time to time. There are yoga retreats everywhere, so whether you’d like to travel near or far is completely up to you – you could go to Bali or Costa Rica, or you could stay in Scandinavia, only your mind (or budget) is the limit. Visit BookYogaRetreats.com to get an overview of yoga retreats all over the world. If you feel like a yoga retreat is too intense, travel somewhere beautiful where yoga is accessible and you’re able to choose the frequency of your sessions, like Costa Rica, Bali or Tulum, Mexico. If you’re unable to travel – just book a few sessions at your local yoga studio.
2. Travel Somewhere You’ve Always Wanted To Go
If you could go anywhere, where would you go? Close your eyes and imagine yourself at your dream destination; are you drinking wine at a cafe in Paris? Are you riding horses on the beach somewhere exotic? Are you surfing in Hawaii? Are you skiing in the Alps? This is your opportunity to do exactly what you want to do, so if traveling is something you love doing, why don’t you book a ticket to a place you’ve always wanted to go?
Traveling alone can seem intimidating at first, but speaking from personal experience, it’s one of the most liberating and life changing experiences a person can have. Of course it has its ups and downs, but you will learn so much about yourself, you will meet people who will change your understanding of the world forever, and you will experience things you never would have experienced if you were traveling with others.
3. Learn Something New
We’re never too old to learn something new, and in order to develop and move forward as human beings, I believe we need to be open to learning new things and exploring different sides of our personalities. There are courses available on literally any topic these days, both physical and online, so why don’t you challenge yourself and acquire a new skill, or even a hobby? Who knows, maybe discovering a new skill or field of interest could even guide the way to your new career?
Think about what you love and take it from there. You love wine? Why don’t you sign yourself up to do a wine course! You’d love to learn how to surf? Book a ticket to a surfing destination and hit some waves! Maybe you’ve always wanted to improve your Spanish? Head to Spain for a while, take Spanish lessons and talk to the locals! Or just enroll in a course from the comfort of your own home – this is completely up to you.
4. Do Some Charity Work
There are few things in life that are more rewarding than helping others, and if you’ve lost your job and are feeling low about it, signing up to do voluntary work for a charity could be a great way of dealing with a situation like this. There are numerous charities looking for volunteers to join them, so all you need to do is find a cause you’re passionate about and get in touch.
5. Spend Time With The People That You Love
If there is one thing you have just learned it is that life in unpredictable, and spending time with the people that we love is something that we could all do a little more of. Maybe your job has kept you too busy to focus on the people that matter the most, or maybe you live in a different place than your family and friends – regardless of your situation, this is your opportunity to focus your attention and energy exactly where you want. Maybe your best friend lives in a different city, maybe you haven’t seen your cousins in the US since 2006 or maybe your parents have been trying to make you come to the family cabin for 5 years straight without you being able to go. Sit down and think about who you would like to see and what you would like to do, and then call everyone up to let them know you’d like to spend some time with them. Spending time with the people who know you better than anyone else could also be a really good way to figure out what direction you’d like to move forward in.
And Remember To Take Your Time…
Regardless of whatever you choose to do with this time, try not to rush into anything you’re not comfortable with just because you’re stressed out or feel like you need to meet anyone’s expectations (especially society). We spend a lot of our time at work, and it should be a place where you are comfortable spending that time. Being unemployed can be scary, but it is a situation that most people find themselves in at some point in their lives – and it is completely normal. Take your time to really think about what you would like to do next and don’t place limitations upon yourself based on age, educational background, social expectations or what you thought your career would look like. Changing your mind, changing your path and figuring out that what you thought you wanted for your career wasn’t right is absolutely fine. This is your life and only you get to design it, and as long as you work hard – you can do whatever you set your mind to.
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