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How to Manage Your Job Search Stress

Searching for work is one of the most stressful experiences of our lives. Unfortunately, you have control over a very small part of the process. Everything else is in the hands of recruiters and hiring managers. Here are a few strategies to make it through the job hunt without getting overwhelmed by frustration, anxiety, and stress.

It’s amazing how something as simple as improving your diet can make such a huge difference in your everyday stress level.

Stay Organized

One way to feel more control of the job search is to stay organized. Create a schedule that’s realistic about how much time you can devote to searching each day or week. Make checklists of the steps you need to take—contacting your references, for example, or signing up for a networking event.

A paper-based planner dedicated to your job search is a good choice, but you could also go digital with phone app instead. Work diligently through your task list during the time you’ve blocked out for job hunting, but don’t forget to plan for breaks, too.

Practice Patience

Unfortunately, once you’ve delivered your resume, things are out of your hands. You can’t rush the process. And you certainly shouldn’t call the places you applied to hound them for updates. Instead, if you find yourself feeling anxious or frustrated about the pace of your job search, take a break. It can be as simple as closing your eyes and enjoying a few deep breaths. If you need more, get up and walk around. Have a healthy snack. Go for a stroll outside.

Do something—anything—other than worrying about a process you cannot control. You’ve done your part.

Level Up Your Skills

It’s easy to let the job hunt take over your life. The stakes are high, especially if you’re searching for a job while unemployed. But searching can’t be the only thing you do. Now is a great time to work on a little professional development. Teach yourself something new or brush up existing skills. Take a class or join a group like Toastmasters. Volunteer in an area that you’re passionate about.

The idea is to use your period of unemployment or job transition as an opportunity to improve your skills and expand your experience. Not only will you be a more attractive candidate, but you’ll also be too active to feel stressed!

Stay Healthy and Eat a Good Diet

We mentioned having a healthy snack already, but that isn’t all that you should be doing.  Making sure that you’re eating a healthy diet and taking care of yourself can work wonders towards helping to alleviate stress.  You really are what you eat, and making sure your diet can meet your body’s daily demands is crucial.

There are a lot of easy ways to tweak your diet to make sure it is healthier.  Avoid a diet that consists of any fast food, soda or sweets and focus instead on a diet that includes plenty of fresh fruit, vegetables, proteins, and water.  Although it might seem tough at first, getting used to a healthy diet can happen more quickly than you might expect.

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