I know what it’s like to be redundant as I have been made redundant twice and it can be especially depressing if you are out of work over the Christmas period. With bills soaring and presents to buy it can seem like life is one big black hole.
You need to use Christmas to cheer yourself up and I am going to give you some tips on what you can do.
1) Having people around you who care is invaluable. Getting together with family and friends should be easier if they have time off work for Christmas.
2) Make yourself put up the Christmas tree and decorations. Having Christmassy things around you will cheer up your home.
3) Shop within a budget. As you are not working you have more time to look around for sale items and promotions. Most retailers are having sales early.
4) Save money by making your own cards, if you don’t have a printer and computer, the library should have one you can use for free.
5) Shop at places like Poundland. It’s the thought that counts.
6) If you can’t afford to buy presents, try to make one, otherwise tell those people, they will understand.
7) You could write an I Owe You and promise that when you do get a job you will buy a present for that person as a way of motivating yourself to get a job.
8) You could take on a temporary job. It’s a great way to gain extra experience, boost your career prospects and enhance your C.V. A lot of shops look for temporary Sales Assistants which could lead to permanent employment.
9) Try voluntary work, a lot of charity shops need extra help over the Christmas period as they often have an influx of unwanted gifts or of goods people are clearing out of their home to make way for those new items they receive as gifts. It will boost your self-confidence, self-esteem and enhance your C.V.
10) If you are feeling especially low, talking to someone impartial can help, phone the Samaritans, they are available 24/7 on:
Stay Positive. Sandra Bellamy
- Top Tips – Don’t go out of control this Christmas (moneyexpert.com)