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Five tips for looking after your mental health while job searching

In celebration of World Mental Health Day on 10 October 2021, we’ve put together these five tips for looking after your mental health while you’re looking for work.

1. Tell people you’re looking for work.
It may feel awkward telling your friends and family that you’re unemployed and looking for work, but talking about it can really help.  The chances are, they’ve been unemployed at some point in their lives too, and may understand what you’re going through.  Always remember you’re not alone, and looking for work is nothing to be ashamed of.

2. Take a break.
Job searching can sometimes feel like a full time job in itself!  You can spend several hours a day on your phone, searching for vacancies or completing applications.  Make sure you take a break from the screen every so often. Try to get some fresh air and exercise if you can.  And don’t forget to eat healthy snacks and meals too!

3. Celebrate your wins.
When you’re job searching it’s likely that you’ll receive rejection letters and may not even hear back from an employer after submitting your application.  This can dent your selfesteem, so its important to do things that boost it too!  Each day, try to make a note of one positive thing you’ve done.  It could be getting some positive feedback, submitting three applications in one week, or connecting with someone new on LinkedIn.  No matter how small or big, celebrate the things you’ve achieved and remind yourself you’re awesome!

4. Help someone.
Research shows that supporting others is one of the best ways to feel good.  So, why not contact someone else you know who’s job searching and ask them how they’re doing.  Offer to look at their CV for them, or help them practice for an interview.  You’ll feel better for helping them, and who knows, they may even return the favour one day for you! 

5. Get advice and support.
Job searching can be really tough sometimes, so reach out and get help when you need it. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for free coaching from an employment specialist. If you feel overwhelmed or like you can’t cope, contact your GP or local support services.

Do you have any other top tips to share?  Please email us at – we’d love to hear from you.