Maintaining mental health during your career search
Searching for a new career can be extremely stressful. Even if you are currently employed and you are looking for a career change, there can be a lot of stress and anxiety associated with the search. If you are between jobs, you have added financial stress while you are looking for a new job. Regardless of your situation, there are some really easy ways to maintain your mental health during your career search.
One of the best ways to maintain your mental health during your career search is to take time for relaxation. A bubble bath, some time alone with music playing, or taking a long drive on a scenic route are all ways that you can relax your body and mind after a long day of job hunting. You might also read a book, watch a movie, or binge your favorite television show. You know best what will help you relax and take your mind off of your career search.
Another great way to maintain your mental health during your career search is to take up the practice of meditation. Studies have shown that people who meditate for at least one hour per day have higher cognitive function, lower anxiety, and overall better mental health. You can practice meditation for one hour each day in one sitting, or you can break it up into smaller meditation sessions. Meditating just before an interview may help relieve anxiety and allow you to be better prepared for the experience.
If you are working a full time job and looking for a new career at the same time, you might find that you can relieve some of your stress by delegating other tasks at home. If you have a spouse and/or children, assign tasks to everyone in the household to take a bit off of your plate. Delegation is the best way to make sure that you are not taking on too much until you get your new career started and find a new routine.
Depending on the reason for your career change, you may be dealing with other internal issues that are difficult to work through during the busyness of finding a new job. Keeping a journal where you can jot down your thoughts and feelings about your situation can be very helpful. However, sometimes even these suggestions will not ease your mind.
Ask for help
If you are truly struggling with depression or anxiety while you are looking for a new career, there is other help available. BetterHelp.com offers online therapy that is easily accessible and affordable. You can talk to a therapist over the phone, online, through video chat, or through text. There is also a lot of information on their website about mental health, with more tips and tricks for maintaining your mental health through a variety of situations.
Remember that while you are going through a new career change, you are bound to deal with at least a modest amount of stress. Managing your stress and talking to a therapist can often help you get through the change unscathed.
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Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.