4 Tactics to Get Through Unemployment
I spent nine months looking for my first job as a psychologist after getting my Master’s degree. I went through endless cycles of motivating myself, writing an application, getting my hopes up and then being rejected because I lacked experience. Rinse and repeat. Yoga and Meditation helped me get through these nine months, and I strongly believe that they helped me get the job offer I finally received a few weeks ago. Here is what worked for me to get through the job hunt and finally start a great job!
Daily asana practice
Having an empty agenda sounds like heaven when you’re crazy busy, but when you’re unemployed, that blank week can be daunting. I kept procrastinating because I had so much time on my hands. By sticking to my daily asana practice, there was at least one thing I had to do every day, one fixed point in an otherwise empty schedule. And after completing it, I felt better; sometimes because I had finally nailed a pose (forearm balance, yay!), sometimes just because I showed up for myself.
If it’s meant to be, you can’t fuck it up
A very wise man told me: “If it’s meant to be, you can’t fuck it up. If it’s not meant to be, you can do whatever the fuck you want and it’s still not gonna happen.” I laughed, and then I tried to live by it. If I wasn’t chosen for a job, I wouldn’t have been happy there. I firmly believe in that. It’s better to wait for the right opportunity a bit longer than to desperately grab the wrong one. If they don’t want you, they’re not right for you.
It was very hard at times, but I tried to stay focused on my strengths instead of my weaknesses. If I kept doubting myself, why would anyone else believe in me? If I wasn’t convinced of my qualities, how could I convince anyone else. This starts off with basic introspection; figuring out what exactly your qualities are. If you have thought about it carefully (don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family for additional input), you will be much more confident in presenting your many strengths in an interview and will seem much more desirable.
And the most important one…
After seven months of job searching, I was finally at the point where something just had to happen, both for emotional and for circumstantial reasons. That is when I finally turned to this article on the Bad Yogi blog. I cleared out everything that was holding me back, using my Mala beads and several mantras to clear out all self-doubt. Next, I wrote a list of everything I was grateful for. For the time I had to travel, for the extra hours of sleep I had gotten, for the experience of unemployment while I was still safe and not in danger of starving or having to live on the street. On a second sheet of paper I asked for a job in my field, to start no later than January 2018, and to get the confirmation for this job by the end of September 2017. I went out to one of my favourite spots in the forest and buried it next to the stem of a young tree. I tried to believe. I got literally everyone to think of me and send me good vibes when I had my next job interview. And then came step 5: I received a job offer on the 20th of September. I start January 1st.
How have you manifested a goal or used yoga and meditation to get through a tough time? Share with us in the comments!