As we come to the end of April, we thought we would celebrate Stress Awareness Month by sharing some tips for managing stress while looking for work.
Stress is something we all deal with from time to time, but being unemployed and looking for work can be one of the most stressful and overwhelming times of our lives, particularly with the rising cost of living. This can mean worrying about when you next paycheck will be, coping with the job application and interview process, and adjusting your caring responsibilities to make time for job searching. So if you're feeling stressed while looking for work, remember that you are not alone, and there are plenty of resources to make the job search process more manageable.
Tip #1 - Prioritise self-care
Self-care is essential during the job search process. This can include activities such as exercising regularly, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and taking breaks when needed. When you take care of your physical and mental health, you’ll be better equipped to handle the stress of the job search.
Tip #2 - Set realistic goals
Setting realistic goals can help you stay focused and motivated during the job search process. Break down your goals into smaller, achievable tasks that you can accomplish each day or week, such as checking your benefits entitlement or refreshing your CV. Celebrate your accomplishments with friends and family along the way to help you stay positive and motivated.
Tip #3 - Develop your routine
Creating a routine can help you establish a sense of structure and predictability during the job search process. Set specific times for job searching, cooking your dinner, and getting out of the house, and stick to your schedule as much as possible. Having a routine can help you feel more in control and less overwhelmed.
Tip #4 - Try mindfulness activities
Mindfulness practices, such as meditation or deep breathing, can help you manage stress and anxiety during the job search process. Take a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, either through a guided meditation or simply by focusing on your breath. Check out one of our Virtual Reality spaces for managing stress and practicing mindfulness here:
Tip #5 - Seek support if needed
The job search can be isolating, but it’s important to remember that you’re not alone. Seek support from friends, family members, or a professional counsellor if you’re feeling overwhelmed. Reach out to Routes To Work to see if you can get some support to help you during this process. Connecting with others can help you feel more supported and less alone during this challenging time.
Tip #6 - Take regular breaks
It’s important to take breaks when you need them. Taking short breaks throughout the day can help you recharge and refocus your energy. This can include taking a walk, reading a book, or spending time with loved ones.
Managing stress during the job search process is essential for maintaining your physical and mental health. By prioritising self-care, setting realistic goals, developing a routine, practicing mindfulness, seeking support, and taking breaks, you can make the job search process more manageable and less overwhelming. Remember to be patient and kind to yourself, and get in touch for free, confidential support and advice from Routes To Work.
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