I was actually talking to my GP about it (who is amazing btw, if anyone needs a GP on the lower north shore in Sydney email me and I'll give you her deets) and told her I was still looking for work. She remarked that I was surprisingly upbeat for someone who hadn't found a job in 3 weeks and I explained the things I had been doing to keep sane.
- To me the most important thing is routine and structure. When you're working, you have structure to your day. When you're not working, this is the first thing that falls away. I get up at 9am every day, go grab a takeaway coffee and have a chat to the barista, come home and check emails and have a look at seek. I'll make lunch, do some internet searching, then maybe watch tv for a few hours. Grocery shopping, make dinner, eat dinner, some more tv watching with Tom, then bed.
- Leave the house! I went stir crazy last time I was unemployed. There were literally days on end where I just didn't leave the house. I didn't change out of my pyjamas in the morning, lounged around all day in them and then went to sleep in them that night. Disgusting. Go for a walk, go check the mail, go get a coffee/lunch/groceries.
- Meet friends/family/ex-colleagues for lunch. Yes this might mean going into the city but just being able to talk to another human being feels amazing after you've been talking to yourself/the computer for 2 days.
- Try not to emotionally rely on your other half 100%. I was guilty of doing this last time and it not only pissed Tom off but it made our relationship one-sided and unhealthy. Yes they should be emotionally supportive but don't abuse this support.