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How to Not Gain Weight While Unemployed

It happens. Sometimes jobs don’t work out, but that doesn’t mean you can stop working out. Stress and depression are waiting in the bushes when losing a job comes along in life, and today I’m going to teach you how to keep your head high and not make you an easy target to them.

Routine, Routine, Routine

The biggest reason why unemployment is so likely to cause an increase in weight is because how scheduled reoccurring work is the anchor for a normal schedule. When you work determines when you sleep just as much as the sun does, and consequently when you eat, shower, clean, and enjoy your life. Once something like a full or even part time job is removed, many people come to realize how much they depended on that anchor for schedule structure. Even during the pandemic people gained weight turning many jobs into desk jobs and destroying the structure of the 9-5. Unemployment packs on pounds not because of the loss of a job, but the loss of a routine.

Go to the Gym

Now that the importance of a routine is established, you need to go to the gym. Next to food, a gym membership is the most important thing you must hold onto at all times in your life. Even if it’s just for 30 minutes of cardio, it will keep some sense of structure going in your life and keep your spirits up, seeing people, and not feeling like you’re rotting away at home. Exercise is invaluable for mental health because of the endorphins it produces and helps give a sense of still having something to do throughout the week.

Do not Order Out

Yes, you can get out of the house by going to eat at a restaurant, but when you’re in between jobs you really want to be cooking your food at home. Knowing how to cook recipes is a life long skill that can be used to keep your spirit and budget alive during setbacks like the loss of a job. I cooked for myself when I worked on midnight shift and the flavor of home made sauces and spices is what kept me going in a life with very little sunlight. Cooking and learning new recipes can be a hassle, but continuously getting food from restaurants where the norm is unhealthy ingredients and seed oils will quickly destroy both your wallet and your image. It’s about seeing the real risk of a downward spiral and doing everything that can be done to reverse it.

Go for a Walk

Yes, in addition to gym cardio. Go for a walk every day if weather permits. See the world moving and move with it. The comfort of home is nice when it’s used as rest from the other things you do with your day. Staying home all day, day after day does things to the mind. It causes cabin fever and depression from sitting around in an environment where the only thing changing is the light from the windows, and the expanding waistline. Get up, move, and remember that in absence of a regular job, the maintenance of your motivation becomes your new one.

Go to Bed

Nothing compounds an absence of schedule like inconsistent bedtimes. Make it a mark of a day spent well when you go to bed when you’re supposed to. The priority is consistency but for ideal mood and productivity, try to wake up early. Anywhere from 5am to 8am is excellent but everyone’s natural circadian rhythm is different. Try to wake up so that there is morning hours every day in your schedule, and do the most difficult tasks when your brain is freshly rested and at full power.

Being unemployed is definately a daunting problem to endure, and it’s very tempting to let your life fall into an unorganized mess. Don’t let problems compound, every day has basic tasks that must be done with or without employment. You still need to sleep, eat, exercise, and clean. When these are not done, insomnia, fast food binges, and stress eating begin creeping into your life and make the problem worse.

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