Losing your job isn’t ideal, but in the current economic environment, it’s also not entirely uncommon. As they say, it’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get back up. Getting canned may be a total bummer, but how you react can say everything about your professional future. After you get fired, you’re going to need to bounce back, and nothing sets the tone for that bounce like self-care. You’re going to need to start the morning off strong, eat well, and get to sleep at a reasonable hour.

Morning Routine

Starting the morning off in a productive manner is the most important step and it all begins with waking up early. The first step is to resist the urge to hit that snooze button and instead just pull the bandage off by jumping out of bed and into the shower. Beginning your day by cleaning yourself can make you feel like less like an unemployed slob and more like a working, productive person. Staying in this morning routine will keep you sharp and help you get ready to tackle whatever the day will through your way whether it’s filling out job applications, going to job interviews, or even just doing your daily chores around the house. As the old saying goes:  look good, play good. Or something like that!

Eat Well

Eating well can do everything for a person looking to get back into the working force. When you eat well, you think better, act smarter and become more productive. It enables you to crush those important tasks like writing resumes, cover letters and applications. Not only that, but eating well can help enable you to cook, which breaks up the day and clears your head with a simple task. It can be highly meditative to cook a small meal for one and it gives your brain the break it needs to recharge and be ready to dive back into the job hunt after you eat.

Get a Good Night’s Sleep!

Finally, sleeping is enormously important. The amount and quality of the work you do in a day is completely altered by the amount of sleep you get in a night. Not only that, but getting to bed earlier in the night and waking up earlier in the morning can immediately set the tone for a productive day and jump start that search for a new job. If you go to bed late and wake up at noon every day, you’ll be more likely to procrastinate in your job hunt. So, it’s extremely key to make sure you get to bed at a decent hour to ensure you wake up early. Remember, the early bird catches the worm! Or in this case, the early riser gets a new job faster!

These tips are great ways to help you rebound from the unfortunate turn of events of losing your job and will help you get your life back on track. It might even get you a job you thought you couldn’t ever get! Happy hunting!