Everyday real life is full of strains and stresses that we somehow have to find a way to manage before we break. Many of those stresses are caused by work requirements, but they become even more so when unemployment rears its ugly head. Your job often goes a long way towards defining who you are and how people perceive you, which is why it’s so hard for some folks to keep the stress at bay when their job is taken away. Rather than sitting around and giving in to that pressure, your best bet is to get out there and get into a new job ASAP. The job search process can bring stresses of its own, so here are 5 ways to keep going when you feeling like you aren’t getting anywhere.
1. The quickest way to succumb to stress and pressure is to sit around and let it happen. With that said, make sure that you are doing something every day that pertains to your job search. You always want to feel like you are making progress, so if there are no new job listings to be found on a given day then follow up on job applications that you have already filled. It’s not just about keeping busy and it will really help you feel as though you are moving forward even if that isn’t the case.
2. Another good idea to help keep you upbeat and active is to set realistic weekly goals for your job search. Don’t set a time on when you have to have landed a new job, but do set a number of applications that you should send out in a single week, making sure to set goals that can be achieved. Raising the bar too high will only make you feel like you are failing, so keep it real.
3. Whether you realized it or not, you probably had a very definite daily routine when you were working. That is something that you should try to keep in place as much as possible. Set up a schedule that will help you keep to a daily routine, with a good idea being to try and follow a 9-5 type setup. Try to think of your job search as a job in itself and follow that daily schedule during your work hours.
4. Despite your best effort, there are likely to be times when the stress and reality of your situation will get you down. It’s important to have a strong network of friends and family that you can turn to in those moments. Often just talking about your frustrations can help relieve the pressure a little.
5. Perhaps the best way to help yourself maintain a routine is to make sure that you look after yourself. Make sure that you are eating properly, getting enough rest, and even taking the time to exercise, even if that only means a brisk 30-minute walk to start your day. Feeling refreshed and healthy will make it much easier for you to tackle the challenge of a job search head on.