Job searching can be a mental drain, but there are a few ways I’ve found to help maintain your balance:
Schedule time every day for empty space-time when your brain is not focused on the job search. Read, listen to music, meditate, or go for a walk. Empty space does not include screen time. Maintain a gratitude journal and each day record something that you are grateful for. Refer to the journal if you are feeling down. Ask friends to help you keep your self-esteem up by providing you with “pick-me-ups." A pick-me-up can be a compliment, a reminder of an accomplishment, a memorable photo, or something about you they admire.
When conducting a job search, taking care of one’s mental health is vital to success. Take regular breaks that include some physical activity such as going for a walk, run, or bike ride. It doesn’t need to be long, 10 or 15 minutes, but the change of pace and activity will rejuvenate you. Give yourself a reward after completing a task such as filing a job application. Spend time with your family doing fun activities. Take time to work on hobbies. Meeting with a therapist/counselor helps provide objective support.
This article has been edited for length and clarity. The opinions expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the view of their employer or the American Chemical Society.
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