How to Find Purpose When You’re Out of Work

Finding Purpose Between Jobs

During times of fear and uncertainty in the world, the economy often takes a downward turn, leaving many without jobs. If you have recently lost your job, my heart goes out to you. Unemployment often leaves us feeling like we are no longer doing what we thought we were meant to do.

But you can still find purpose, even if you’re out of work. Here are some ways I’ve rediscovered my purpose when I’ve been uncertain about the future of my job or career field.

How to Find Purpose Between Jobs

#1 Center Myself Spiritually

Sometimes, it’s as simple as getting back to basics. Centering myself spiritually is a great first step to finding purpose again, and it doesn’t mean I have to have a major breakthrough or epiphany. Something as simple as daily prayer and mediation, or reading a few encouraging Bible verses every day, can help you remember how much God loves you. He has put us all here for a reason, and that remains true even if we have to change how we realize that purpose from time to time throughout our lives.

#2 Take Time to Volunteer

Volunteering is one of the best ways I can think of to be reminded of that sense of something greater than ourselves, which is key to finding a sense of purpose. It can also be a great way to keep your skills sharp and gain new experience when you are between jobs. Search for volunteer opportunities with organizations that have made a difference for you, a friend, or a family member. If you’re not sure where to start, look for organizations that share your values, or focus their work on a problem you want to help solve. If you are not able to get to their office in-person, there may be ways you can volunteer virtually, too.

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#3 Think of Something I Can Do for a Friend

When unemployment has you feeling down or stuck in a rut, doing something kind for your friend, family member, or significant other can be a great reminder of the joy of helping others. And that’s a key step toward reconnecting with your sense of purpose. Something as simple as a text or call to let someone know you’re thinking about them, or sending a letter or package to celebrate a special day, goes a long way toward helping you both feel more connected to one another, and to what brings you a sense of fulfillment.

#4 Ask for Guidance

It’s really easy to get “stuck in our own heads” when we’re out of work and spending a lot more time on our own. In times like these, I often need to seek guidance from someone I respect, trust, or admire to help me reconnect with my personal priorities and rediscover my purpose. This could be a family member, a close friend, a faith community leader, a counselor, or a mentor who’s been through a similar experience and come out the other side with greater wisdom and understanding. 
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If you’re not sure where to turn first, this is a great starting point. TheHopeLine is here to help with online mentoring and other resources. Talk to a HopeCoach today for emotional support during unemployment. We are here for you, and we believe your life is full of purpose and promise. 

Are you feeling depressed because you lost your job? Situational depression is a unique mental health diagnosis, but it can be treated. Find out more here

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