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Job Search Self-Care

A mentally healthy person searching for work

Author: Jojo Varona

Looking for work can be a long and arduous task, especially when you factor in the emotional toll it can take on your well-being. The stress, anxiety, and disappointment that come with searching for a job can leave you feeling drained and unmotivated. Incorporating self-care routines into your job search can work wonders in maintaining your mental health and ultimately lead to a more successful outcome.

Here are some tips to help you while you are searching for that perfect job.


Your body’s well-being is just as important during the job search as taking care of your mind. Eating healthy, getting enough sleep, and staying active should be at the top of your self-care priority list. A good diet and regular exercise release endorphins that can help boost your mood and give you energy.


During stressful times (like in a job search), staying calm and focused during the job search process can have a significant effect on your well-being. Deep breathing, visualization, or journaling can also help you clear your mind, reduce anxiety, and increase your ability to stay present.


Give yourself a realistic goal and timeline with your job search. Sometimes, the job search can take longer than expected. By giving yourself realistic expectations you will help alleviate stress and increase motivation during the process. Setting unrealistic expectations can lead to disappointment and self-doubt. Set up the job search process into manageable steps, such as sending out five job applications a week, networking with one person per week, or researching one new company per day.


During the job search, it’s essential to recognize and celebrate the small accomplishments you achieve. Examples of small victories include receiving an invitation to an interview, networking with a potential employer, or getting job search advice from a mentor. Celebrating these small victories can boost your morale, increase motivation, and help you stay optimistic.


We’ve all gone through a job search, and it can be a challenging experience. It’s easy to become self-critical or blame yourself for rejections. Treat yourself with kindness and understanding. Remember that setbacks and rejections are a natural part of the job search process. These setbacks don’t define you as a person, and most of the time don’t reflect on your background and experience.

When you take the time to care for yourself during the job search process, you’re creating a solid foundation that will help you navigate any challenges that come your way. Let’s focus on self-care and take the first step towards a successful job hunt!

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