How to Reduce the Stress of Your Job Search

Searching for a job can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to take regular breaks to take your mind off of it. Here’s how to manage your anxiety.      

Being unemployed can cause a lot of stress. Without a job, how are you going to pay the bills? OK, maybe the situation isn’t that bad, but there is no denying that you are feeling the pressure. All of your peers have got a job, but you haven’t yet managed to secure one. As such, it only makes sense that you are experiencing tension, anxiety and worry.

At this point, you think that you may never get a job, and this makes you even more anxious. But, this needs to stop. Feeling stressed out can only backfire and cause some serious problems to your job search.

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Uncontrollable stress can cause lack of focus, inability to answer interview questions appropriately which in itself brings rejection, that then leads to pessimistic thinking. And you know how negative thoughts can stand in the way of achieving your goals.

If you are stressed out, perhaps you need to find ways to manage job search anxiety.

1. Find a Support Group

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Lots of people think that job hunting is a one man job, but most of the times it isn’t, and there is no shame in joining a job search support group. In fact, this can help to reduce your anxiety big time. Usually, LinkedIn is a good place to start. There are currently many jobseekers groups you can join where professionals exchange advice and support each other in their own job hunting goals. There are also many other networking and support groups that can help you maintain your energy and positivity to keep on searching and provide you with tips and different strategies to try out.

2. Spend Time Away From Job Search

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When searching for a job, it’s important to take regular breaks. While it sometimes feels like a job in itself, you should try not to think about it 24/7. Instead, step away from your laptop and do something for yourself.

Do something that you enjoy, spend time with friends and family and just forget about the fact that you are unemployed. It will make you feel less stressed about the fact employers haven’t yet replied back and help you deal with it in a more constructive way when you are back from your break.

3. Treat Yourself Well

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Getting a rejection email doesn’t mean that you should start beating yourself up. The secret to a successful job search is having the right attitude. You should avoid negative self-talk and adjust your job search expectations. Finding a way to deal with rejection is also vital because this is going to happen quite a lot.

Instead of saying thinking that you’re a loser, take a step back and reflect on what you are doing. If you find that something’s not working, be willing to change your strategy and become more active in your job search. Going to events and networking with people is an approach you should try out.

There is no magic formula to keep stress away, and you should try to find out what makes you feel good. The job search can take up a lot of time every day; it can be frustrating, and that’s why it’s important to take regular breaks. If you need help to deal with this, you can always count on your friends and family and why not other jobseekers.

Have you ever tried these tips out? Let me know in the comments section below…