Job Searching? Here’s How to Keep a Healthy Outlook.
Despite consistent reports of new jobs being created, the reality is that 8 out of 10 people who lost their jobs during the recession of the past 5 years remain unemployed or underemployed. Prolonged unemployment causes an increase risk for feelings of hopelessness and despair, precursors to depression.Becoming proactive is key. These four steps, can help you keep a healthy frame of mind as you pursue your job hunt.
- Avoid isolating yourself. Let others be supportive. Seek out networks of others in similar situations. (Google “unemployment support groups” and the name of your city.)
- Stay active. Don’t put off getting started on your job search. Stick to a routine, much like the one you had when you were working. Get up, have breakfast and get dressed about the same time every morning. Volunteering can be a good way to keep your skills sharp, but don’t let it interfere with your job hunt.
- Manage your resources carefully. Involve the whole family in budgeting decisions. Contact your creditors to arrange payment plans and avoid falling behind. The more in control you are of your financial situation, the less it will contribute to depression. And, manage your time as well as your money.
- Take care of yourself. Maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating right and getting enough sleep and exercise. Avoid alcohol and caffeine which can increase anxiety and depression. Make time for pleasurable activities and involve family members in planning them.
If you or someone you know needs support during their job search, CCCOC therapists are ready to provide a safe and encouraging environment to help you reach your goals. Get started at www.chicagocounseling.org or 312-573-8860.