Let’s face it … being unemployed is one of the most stressful situations you’ll ever face. Here’s what you need to know: If you do nothing, and pretend you’re not stressed, your stress will grow. If this goes on long enough, it may result in physical illness, anger, depression, or a chronic chip on your shoulder that will communicate itself to interviewers.
So what can you do to relieve or combat your stress?
- Make choices based on your values, not based on fear.
- Be proactive, not reactive.
- Demonstrate assertiveness rather than passivity or aggressiveness.
- Learn to pace yourself.
- Relabel events and situations to feel less threatened by them.
- Do something you enjoy daily.
- Learn to play.
- Express your creativity.
- Learn something new.
- Minimize your negative self-talk. Substitute affirmations for your usual negative thoughts.
- Accept yourself just as you are. Don’t expect perfection!
- Cultivate positive connections, relationships, and friendships.
- Eat balanced meals.
- Minimize your intake of salt, sugar, fat, caffeine, and alcohol.
- Exercise regularly and safely.
- Make sure you get enough sleep.
- Take advantage of your unemployment to update all your health exams.