Keeping Busy- Staying in Shape Mentally and Physically

 At this point in my job hunt it’s a bit of a waiting game. Over the past week I’ve continued to drop off resumes at a number of different places and this time around I’ve actually received a time frame for hiring. March. This is a bit disconcerting, however I know that it will not be the end of the world if I do not get a job until mid-February. I am fortunate enough to not have bills to pay and as long as I am able to get a job within a reasonable amount of time, my parents will be happy.

That being said, my status as an unemployed transitioning student has led me to become complacent. I’ve decided that I can’t just sleep in until 1 everyday. No matter how nice that may sound. To prevent this I’ve resolved to fill my days as much as possible. Even for those of you who are in class full time, you might find that you have time that could be used in better ways than just vegging.

1.  Dust Off That Library Card: While reading isn’t everyone’s cup of tea I feel like I didn’t have much time to read while I was in school. I mean, I started The Catcher in the Rye in September and I’m still only halfway through it. Instead of watching TV, I am going to exercise my brain by paying off my library fines and taking out a few books. If I’m feeling ambitious, I might even take out some Foucault just to keep up with the rest of my cohort who are in class.

2.  Take Up A Hobby: Not like stamp collecting or anything like that. Something that will get you up and moving. Out of the house. Luckily for me, my birthday came a week early this year and I have a brand new camera to show for it. Hopefully photography will be able to drag me out of the dark depths of the dungeon that is my bedroom.

3.  I Should Be A Trainer: I mean, I’m constantly pushing the gym on all of you, but honestly this has been one of the things that has kept me sane during my time off. The gym is a great way to keep your mind off your problems.

4.  Write, write, write: If you aren’t in class like me then you probably aren’t doing very much writing aside from the occasional Facebook post (or if you are feeling ambitious, the occasional tweet). Doing some casual writing will keep your vocabulary in shape and the creative juices flowing to keep you in shape for when you might have to write an essay in the future. There are hundreds of daily writing exercises online that will help you think of what to write if you are at a loss. I stumbled upon this page that has endless writing prompts:

Well, I’m going to go play with my new camera! Hopefully you’ll be able to find something productive to do if you have the free time!

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