The Laid Off IT Guy! Taking a Sabbatical
People say that looking for work is a full-time job, and after awhile--5 months for me thus far--you get burned out. It is a grind to search for new employment every day. It is time to take a sabbatical.
I am not talking about the semester-long breaks that your college professors used to take to do research or publish a book, but time off to recharge your own batteries so that when you get back to the job hunt you’ll do so with more vigor.
After going through the routine for months it is easy to get more than a little discouraged. I believe that I’ve approached the edge of depression myself. Sometimes I don’t eat right or get enough sleep. Sometimes I sleep too much. That throws my whole routine off for awhile. I have to exert some physical effort the next day to wear myself down enough to fall asleep; otherwise I’m looking at the bedside clock and seeing 1:00 am, 2:00 am… hoping not to make it to 3:00 am.
I found peace in NOT looking for a new job for a few days. Not a whole week, but a few days to refocus does the mind a lot of good. Then after that I think that it is best to get back into a routine.
It is agonizing sitting at my desk all day, filling out online apps, networking with colleagues and researching companies to contact. Break the habit for a couple of days. Take a break. Then get back at it with some gusto!
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