Desperation can ooze out of every pore if you aren't careful. I've seen it hundreds of times and I am pretty sure that those that are emitting this fowl aura are un-aware.
Stay emotionally healthy. Keep a balance. Remember, you may never have this opportunity again to spend time with family or friends that need you. Relish in this opportunity. There are definite benefits.
Stay physically healthy. Stress can work its black magic on you if you aren't careful.
Give back and take the focus off of you. Stop being narcissistic. If you haven't been donating time to a worthwhile cause, start now.
You are in control of your life. You are not a victim. Take it upon yourself to learn new things and get answers to questions. Fill in gaps or voids in your professional development. Be innovative, be a problem solver. All those things you did so well in your last job can be transferred to your search. Leverage your strengths and develop your weaknesses. Now is the time.