Looking for a job in today’s economy is enough to stress anyone! If you’ve been laid off, and the bills keep coming, you are feeling like you want to pull your hair and disappear there are some things that you can do to stay mentally and physically healthy while you are looking.
Looking for a job is stressful! When we are feeling stressed we tend to hold our breath subconsciously. A good first step to relieving stress is to take a deep breath and hold it for 3 seconds, and then release it slowly for 3 seconds. Do this three times. Soon you’ll feel more calm and ready for a productive job search.
It’s very easy to fall into the habit of sleeping in, staying home watching TV or playing games. Instead, get up at the same time you did when you were working. Shower, get ready, get a healthy breakfast and GO!!!. Do this every day because finding work is an every day job.
Something as simple as walking around the block can “clear your head,” and give you fresh start every day. It will also make you feel physically better, and it’s important that you keep your health up when you are searching for employment.
Set daily achievable goals-
Your ultimate goal is to get a job. But if you set small goals for yourself each day, you’ll have a better chance of reaching that final goal. For example, try sending at least 3 applications per day or sending out 5 resumes each day.
Look for volunteer opportunities that are related to the jobs you are interested in. This helps in three ways. First, it gets you out of the house and interacting with other people. If you are used to working in an office atmosphere, being home alone all day can be incredibly stressful. Second, it is a great way to network and make contacts with people in the industry. And third, it gives you more experience — further strengthening your resume. This is important in today’s competitive economy.
Remember DO NOT STAY HOME, looking for work is can be a very difficult job so you need to keep yourself motivated. The unemployment benefits help alleviate the financial stress but do not last forever. The more applications you put out there, the better chance you have to find a job…and remember to visit our Career Centers we will help to make your life less stressful.
Career Connections Coordinator