Having arrived late last year, I was able to keep myself busy by taking in a bit of the sights Melbourne has to offer. The first couple of weeks were truly exciting since everything is new and different. You get to check some of the things the city has to offer like the parks, the local watering hole, the nearest place to get brunch or Chinese take-away, and of course for the sweet tooth like me, where to get your fix for gelato.
Arriving late last year also means I was occupied with shopping for Christmas presents. Yes, we are quite lucky to have more than a handful of friends when we got here. There were get-together dinners, exchange gifts, and parties.
By January, I was getting settled on a routine. There are days reserved for a trip to the market, nights for playing badminton, and a whole day spent on making a full diner with friends. Then there was the Australian Open and Australia Day too.
And wouldn’t you know it, a few days after, the calendar moves to February. It’s love month and the Chinese New Year has come and gone too.
Nothing says you have to get a move on than two New Year celebrations. I would love to have a job by now, but, that is not the case.
So, if for some reason you find yourself stuck or unmotivated or lonely, you’re not the only one. You can keep your sanity in check and maintain your positive attitude by always doing something. In my case, sleeping in and watching television all day helps pass the time, but it doesn’t make you less depressed.
While you fine tune your resume and here are some ways you can do to beat the blues away. Again, I’m making a list because it’s just a really nice and easy way to organize my thoughts.
1. Have you talked to someone today?
Hello! How are you? Even a simple exchange of greetings is enough acknowledgment. So take advantage of these days when you can make new friends or acquaintances.
Talk to people who matter while you are not yet too busy to catch up with them. Use whatever social media you can. Skype, Facebook, Yahoo Messenger, Viber, and WhatsApp are just some of the applications out there.
I’m sure you have your own stories, your own stock knowledge, and other ideas. You can share these to the community or to the world wide web by writing your own blog like I did. Share what you find interesting, inspiring, or even helpful.
If you think making a blog is too demanding of your time or patience, you can always post your ideas in forums. I’ve mentioned some sites in a previous post, here.
Hopefully, that would give you an idea on the kind of people you want to engage with or the kinds of topic you want to discuss.
3. Pick up your old hobby
Do you knit? I would love to learn how to knit. I think one of my hobbies is picking other hobbies. Lols.
All I’m saying is it’s the best time to practice or indulge yourself with your hobby. At the end of the day, you have made some progress or end up with a finished product in your hands that you can be proud of.
4. Life is out there
Explore a different part of your neighbourhood, or a different neighbourhood altogether. Don’t stay cooped up inside the house. While it isn’t too cold out, while you have a few hours before picking up your kids at school or fixing dinner, you can roam like a local. Walk. Get some sunshine. Breathe in the air. And don’t forget your sunscreen.
If you want more ideas, this other post here and here just might help you.
5. Have a Calendar
Do you know what you are going to do tomorrow? What about the next day? Next week? A calendar encourages you to set some activities you can look forward to. It can be a simple letter you need to write or a short coffee break with a friend. It can be anything you want it to be.
6. Learn something new
Do you like pomegranates? I do. You haven’t tried it? Well, you won’t know unless you try, right?
7. Be Grateful for Something
We all have bad days. We all go through a rough patch every now and then. The thing is, you can always choose to look on the bright side.
8. Love yourself more
People can beat you up physically, emotionally, psychologically. Life is hard enough as it is. We need to help ourselves and love ourselves more.
9. Time Out
It’s okay to take a break. You earned it for trying day in and day out.
10. Make your own list
Always aspire for the things you want to achieve. It doesn’t matter if it’s a short-term or a long-term goal. Write it down. If you can think it, you can do it. If at times you forget, put it up on the walls or on the mirror where you can see it every day. Give yourself a boost.
I know, it’s beginning to sound like a self-help post. But, it is what it is. I try to take my own medicine so I don’t get stuck in a rut. It’s not a pill. It’s not a cure all. It’s just about getting busy and staying positive. It takes some effort, but it’s better than beating myself down. It’s just not healthy for my self-esteem.
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