The job search is stressful. It can be tiring and mentally challenging. It can result in anxiety and even feelings of depression. It is important to minimise risks to your health when job hunting. I hope my tips below can help you stay healthy while searching for a new job.

Tips

  1. Keep it simple

Simple actions everyday can improve mental wellbeing. Try smiling more throughout the day or taking a stroll in your local park and appreciating its beauty. Small things can be rewarding and help you appreciate what matters to you.

  1. Keep moving

Physical and mental health is inextricably linked. Regular exercise can improve confidence and even your mood.

  1. Get your nutrients

Eating a balanced diet that contains enough of the nutrients your body needs can decrease your risk of many diseases and health problems. You will also have more energy, better overall health, and better chances of successful weight management.

  1. Make a plan

Planning how you intend to approach your job search will help immensely.

Break the tasks up into small manageable chunks and set a time limit to restrict how much time you will commit to job search each day. Fix a time limit that will suit the time you have available.

  1. Enjoy the little things

Don’t pin your contentment on one-off treats like holidays. Or even if you don’t get the job that you applied for it isn’t the end of the world. When job hunting try to find happiness not by pinning all your hopes on a job offer but by engaging in activities that provide small and frequent boosts such as a regular exercise class or going out dancing once a week. This in turn will improve your mental wellbeing.

  1. Love your friends

When job hunting your friends can provide vital support. We are social creatures and crave contact, support, and comfort from friends. Having close friendships will help maintain well-being.

  1. Energy Levels

Job hunting can take up a lot of energy especially if your trying to raise a family and/or run a household. It is important to not ‘burn out’ in the search for a job. When energy decreases mood swings happen. The best ways to maintain steady moods is to keep energy levels stable. So don’t skip meals and keep yourself fuelled with: ‘slow release foods’ such as wholegrains, nuts, and seeds.  It is also vital for energy levels that you get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep makes you feel energized and alert the next day. When you wake up feeling refreshed, use that energy to get out into the daylight, do active things, and be engaged in the world.

  1. Do something different

What makes job hunting boring is the same routine day in day out of searching newspapers for jobs, writing cover letters, and posting letters. To help you from feeling the bored factor then do something different each day. Even if it’s something small. By adding mixture to each day creates variety and in turn decreases the chances of the job search being viewed as a chore. For example, you could keep your mind active each day by doing brain exercises that challenge the mind. Doing brain exercises will not only add variety to your day but will help your mind become focused and disciplined when trying to apply for jobs.

  1. Reduce Stress:

Easier said than done. Spend 30 minutes a day doing something you like. (i.e; walk on the beach or in a park; read a good book; visit a friend; play with your baby; listen to soothing music; watch a funny movie. Get a massage, a facial or a haircut. Meditate. Count to ten before losing your temper or getting aggravated. Avoid difficult people where possible. You could also uplift and balance your mood by adding six to eight drops of orange essential oil into warm water in an aromatherapy diffuser.

  1. Don’t smoke

Most of you already know this, but it bears repeating because smoking significantly weakens your immune system.

 

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