8 Tips to Manage Unemployment Stress and Keep your Job Search Focused

Ofttimes we think is only people that work that experience stress. Unemployment comes with its own stress too. Unemployment makes us feel hurt, vulnerable or even angry.

When you get angry and frustrated, stress comes in. This normally affect your rationale, you begin to apply to any job that comes your way at random (without checking if you meet the requirements). You begin to make silly mistakes while applying for jobs. Your attitude towards interviews will change and so the quality of your resume.

Unemployment stress could be as a result of financial pressure, peer pressure, family pressure etc but your ability to manage this stress contribute immensely to your ability to find a job quick.

Here are the tips to help you manage this stress

Deal with your feelings: We humans always tend to mask our feelings and pretend all is well when its really weighing us down. You may feel hurt, angry, scared and rejected, this will make it harder for you to get back on the job market. It’s important you actively face and deal with your feelings. First you have to acknowledge your feelings and then challenge your negative thoughts. To do this, practice the following:

  • Write about your feelings (express everything you feel about being unemployed) or think about it.
  • Accept the reality of the situation
  • Still focus on your goals (don’t beat or put yourself down, let your confidence be intact, reject every negative thoughts that goes through your mind).

Involve your family: – Unemployment affects the whole family, so ensure the communication line is open and active. Isolating you family can make them misunderstand you and mount pressure on you instead of supporting you. Let everyone know what is going on (tell them about your job search plans, update them on promising development and let them know they can still support you while you are unemployed), listen to their concerns and make time for family fun.

Reach out to others: – Don’t underestimate the importance of other people when you are faced with unemployment.

  • Let people know you are not working and you are looking for work.
  • Start from your close friends, then your religious group and your social group.
  • Turn to people you trust for support.
  • Join or start a job club.
  • Stay connected through networking.
  •  Join Online groups like Ngcareers Facebook Group, Linkedin Group and interact with people in same position with your and learn from them.

Stay positive: Staying positive and optimistic is very essential. You have to:

  • Keep a regular daily routine.
  • Create a job search plan for yourself.
  • List your positives (i.e. make a list of all the things you like about yourself, including skills, personality traits, accomplishments and successes).
  • Focus on the things you can control.
  • Rediscover what truly makes you happy.

Take Care of Yourself: Health is wealth, ensure you look after your well being adequately:-

  • Maintain a balance in your life (take time to rest and have fun)
  • Make time for regular exercise
  • Get plenty of sleep (don’t use your job search time for sleeping)
  • Practice relaxation techniques.

Review, Plan: Before going to bed, review your achievements for the day and prepare a written plan for the next day. This will give you reasons to get up early and look for something to do.

Don’t be idle: Get yourself involve in any vocational job in one of the government rehabilitation centers, or do any volunteer job you can lay your hands on.
Explore new Career Opportunities or Possibility of continuing your Education: At this period of unemployment, it is the best opportunity to take stock of your life and have a rethink on your career goals. Ask yourself is it better to change your targeted goals? Is it the best to get back to school? Check through the various options you have and restrategize.

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  1. Mecuzee says:

    Thanks 🙂

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