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5 Ways to Combat Loneliness When You're Jobless

5 Ways to Combat Loneliness When You're Jobless

Tania Khadder

August 10, 2009

Sit in front of laptop. Lie on couch. Eat pickles for lunch. Back to laptop.

Feel sorry for self. Feel sick of self. Tear hair out in frustration. And … back to couch.

If this is your 9-to-5 routine, you’re probably like 14 million other Americans: unemployed. And in addition to the frustration of looking for work, you might find yourself feeling a little lonely.

Sure, you chat with friends online all day. And you may have a family or significant other who comes home in the evening. But good old fashioned, face-to-face contact with another human being before dinner? Kind of rare these days.

In running my unemployment blog, I’ve received plenty of emails from readers. And although many of them were lighthearted in nature, a number of them were quite the opposite. One of the saddest read: “You’re the first person I’ve spoken to in days.”

Unemployment can make a recluse out of even the most social of butterflies. After all, you want to spend as much time as possible looking for work. And where do you look for work? Online. And where do you go online? At home.

But spending too much time alone can be detrimental, not just to your emotional well-being, but to your job search too! Staying connected with the rest of the world is not a luxury. It’s a necessity!

Work from a coffee shop.
Find a coffee shop with WiFi in your neighborhood (even better if it’s free WiFi!). Grab your laptop and go. You may not be striking up conversations with fellow coffee shop patrons, but it’s nice to be in the presence of other human beings. It’s also nice to have a change of scenery; one that doesn’t include Oprah on mute and swag from your previous employer.

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    about 3 years ago


    Wow, this has been me for the last few weeks. It can be so disheartening when you are jobless, but reading this helps me remember that I am not the only one. Thank you so much for the advice!

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    over 4 years ago


    Great article, trying to network, to many sites to choose from.

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    almost 5 years ago


    Before I realized how bad the economy was I got seriously depressed. After I realized how bad the economy was I feel like a million bucks. Funemployement ftw :D

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    over 5 years ago


    Depression from being jobless is a usual thing for everyone. I must say, we should never feel too bad, everybody else go through what we're going through at a certain point in our lives. What really matters is facing the problem and exerting your best efforts to rise above the situation. Surrounding yourself with people is a great tip. Thanks for the clever tips here. New Rugby Shirts

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    over 5 years ago


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    about 6 years ago


    I love the idea of searching for jobs in teams, working together at someone's house. That's just such a simple, but beautiful way to remind ourselves that we all want to find a way to make this hiring situation better. Besides, more eyes and more searches means everyone hears about more positions.

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    about 6 years ago


    Tania rules.

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    about 6 years ago


    Great article. My favorite part was about networking. Not only have I joined online networking sites, but I've also been looking for human-contact networking opportunities. Toastmasters is a public-speaking group that helps you develop Communication and Leadership skills. Not only do you get to meet people, but you get to develop skills that will look great on your resume. Other ideas include groups specially defined for women in business or Business After Hours events. Look in your newspaper and on your community posting sites for ideas.