Don’t Be A Lazy Ass. Get Up And Do Something

This is what my parents keep emailing me everyday. My response is always a concise ‘K’.
 
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Just like a bad breakup, your emotions are running high on sadness and revenge when you get laid-off. But I’m here to tell you to STOP doing whatever it is you’re doing because you will regret it the moment you do it. Instead, focus on the tips I’ve listed below to help you get your confidence back on track. So in the words of my parents: Don’t be a lazy ass. Get up and do something.
 
Get your finances in check. First, stop spending your money on Cheetos. Second, stop spending your money on candy. Third, if you must spend your money on Cheetos and candy, see if you can get it cheaper elsewhere. Fourth, review your savings and month-to-month debt and prioritize where money will go. If cash is tight, apply for Employment Insurance as soon as possible or sell some of your possessions. If all else fails, play the victim card to get family and friends to pay for your things – it’s always worked for me.
 
Go hiking. I know, I know. When you’re laid-off the last thing you want to do is get up from bed and put on some (clean) pants. But trust me. Going on a hike up in the mountains will give your brain the much needed oxygen and clarity it deserves. Plus, the chance of you running into someone you know during work hours is slim since they HAVE JOBS and you don’t.

Put down the phone. Do it. Put the phone down. The faster you do this, the quicker you will stop comparing yourself to your peers and how fake they present their life on social media. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are the devil for jobless fiends like us.
 
Start your own business. Got a skill the world doesn’t know yet? Well, unleash the beast. If you’re creative and good with your hands, get crafting and sell, sell, sell on Etsy or Ebay. Like to write? Start a blog about the dumb shit your pet does or how to prepare for a zombie apocalypse. You know, useful tips.
 
Exercise. Let’s face it. Laid-off or not, we all have a few pounds to lose. So, since I’m not doing anything and you’re not doing anything, let’s lose the chub and look fabulous for our next job interview.
 
Last, but most certainly not least, look for a job. If I need to explain this to you, then there is probably a good reason why you got laid-off.

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