10 WAYS TO PROMOTE SELF-GROWTH AND EMPOWERMENT WHEN YOU ARE OUT OF WORK

Updated: May 1, 2021

To say these are trying times is an understatement. COVID cases are spiking and the unemployment rate is soaring. You are not alone in struggling to manage your life in a crisis. But you can change a negative situation into a positive one. Where there is a will, there is always a way! If you are not working, you might allow yourself more “me” time or more family time. Turn this pandemic into an opportunity to pursue those dreams and investigate those notions you have left simmering on the back burner. Challenge yourself in some manner. It is empowering to set a goal and then reach it.


Below are empowering activities for you to toss around and see what fits.


1. Meditation

I am a fan of meditation. Meditation enhances your mental, physical, and spiritual health. The way you meditate is an individual choice, so you might experiment with several techniques and figure out what works for you.


Breathing meditation, focus meditation, and mindful walking meditation might be good places to start.


Breathing Meditation

Breathe in through your nose, hold your breath for a few seconds, then exhale through your mouth with a “hew” sound, and repeat this a few times. Sit quietly between sequences of three or more breaths, or stop and rest if you get dizzy. Start with a brief session and slowly increase the duration of the exercise.


Focus Meditation

In this meditation, you focus your attention on a flickering candle or another object. C