Your Mental Health and Your Job Search
Part Two: Job Hunting When You Have Depression & Anxiety
As we continue to talk about Mental Health and your job search, I am nervous to write this post. Most who know me, know that I don’t like to be vulnerable, but I believe that talking about Mental Health is so important. As an adult, I have struggled with anxiety and depression, which has impacted how I function in my past jobs, job hunts, and even now in my business. According to the ADAA, over 40 million adults struggle with anxiety and over 6.8 million have general depression. That means I am not alone in this and neither are you, and hopefully that brings some comfort.
But when it comes to job hunting, that comfort disappears. Searching for that next opportunity, whether you are currently employed or not, can be challenging for all, but even more for someone dealing with a mental health condition. It can be stressful and an emotionally draining process, which can worsen your depression or anxiety.
But don’t give up! There are things you can do to help you along the way:
1. Focus on your amazing strengths and talents, and what you can bring to the table. By focusing on the positives, you boost your confidence and self-esteem. I love to recommend practicing gratitude and positive affirmations to my clients. This has helped me in staying focused on the good things, both within myself and in my world, rather on the bad.
2. Create a realistic work plan. This process of searching and applying for jobs is overwhelming, time consuming, and the rejections are difficult to experience which all together can take an emotional and psychological toll. Try to time block your day where you spend only 2-3 hours working on your job search, and as I mentioned before, schedule in some time for your self-care practice!
3. Seek Support. This can be friends, family, a counselor, group, or coach. During the chaotic time, you need to identify resources that will keep you grounded, but encourage you and provide valuable advice to help you stay on track and move closer to your end goal. Talk about what you are feeling, be honest, and give yourself grace during this process. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many people that would love to help you.
One of my favorite quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh is also a great mantra to live by:
“Smile, Breathe, and Go Slowly.”
You got this my friend, I believe in you!