Your Mental Health and Your Job Search

Part Three: When the world gets scary


Whether or not you have a diagnosed mental illness, like depression or anxiety, you will have bad days. We all do. Some days might be more difficult than others, causing us to say, “I quit” and pull the blankets back over our heads. When life gets overwhelming, especially during a job search, here are a few positive things to remember:

You are not alone in this. It might feel like you are the only one struggling, but you are not. The actual events might be a little different, but feeling overwhelmed and scared of what is to come is not unique to just you. Connect with people going through similar circumstances, like joining a job-hunting support group to help you through this process.  

Not doing anything only makes things worse. Hiding under the covers, obsessing over your situation only will increase anxiety and depression. Go do SOMETHING! Take a walk, meet up with a friend, join a group, or reconnect with family and friends. All of these things are positive activities that are going to something good for you, ultimately improving your mood and outlook.

Practice Gratitude. I will say this time and time again, but focusing on the good, rather than the bad, only makes things better. Start small if you need to, focus on the basics: you have a roof over your head, food in your fridge, a cozy blanket to curl up in.  Think about your positive attributes. Ultimately, as you count your blessings, you will begin to release those toxic emotions.

As we wrap up Mental Health Week, I want to remind you that focusing on your health shouldn’t only be for one week a year. There will be bad days. But hopefully, you are learning some tools to help you grow, keep going, and overcome those difficulties. These tips and tricks are not meant to replace professional help. If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, anxious to a point where it is impacting how you live your life, please seek help. There is no shame in asking for assistance.