If you’re knee-deep in job search, you’ve probably found that stress comes with the territory.
Disappointments, delays, frustrations and fear are unfortunate parts of the process.
Accept it. Stress will hover about you . . . receding when things are going well and accelerating when they’re not. It creeps up in little ways, at first. Then the anxiety can become so overwhelming, it immobilizes you. That’s not good when you need to focus on getting a job.
A high stress level can keep you from performing well in interviews, making good decisions, and potentially landing the best job.
I don’t know any way to avoid stress entirely. But if you can be aware of the symptoms that typically manifest in you when you’re stressed, maybe you can stay on top of it and alleviate it.
For me, the first challenge is accepting that I’m dealing with a stressful situation and may not always handle it well.
When I am dealing with it well, I’m successful at finding ways to distract myself so I can regroup and refocus. This (usually) allows me to go back into the situation somewhat renewed and better able to manage things.
Turn to the simple things that bring you pleasure — listening to music, cooking, reading, etc.
See my Executive Career Brand post for some specific tips on dealing with job search stress by distracting yourself.
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