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6 Tips for Maintaining Good Mental Health When Searching for a Job and Living with a Disability

Searching for a job can be extremely challenging, especially when you're searching for a job that will suit your unique abilities and needs. 


This is why prioritizing your mental health and well-being is so important in your job search. 

In this article, courtesy of Guest Contributor, Mika Fancis, in association with APM Group, we'll explore six tips for looking after your mental health while you're searching for a job.


Benefits of maintaining good mental health when job searching


Maintaining good mental health while job searching can be incredibly beneficial. 

It can help you to stay focused and motivated, as well as help you to make the most of the opportunities that come your way. 


It can also help you to stay resilient in the face of rejection and setbacks. 


Taking proper care of your mental health can also help you to build meaningful connections with potential employers, which can be just as important as the skills and qualifications you bring to the table. 


Prioritizing your mental health can help you to stay positive and open to new possibilities throughout your job search journey, and ultimately help you find a job that is truly right for you. 


Tips for managing your mental health and well-being while job searching


Now that you know why managing your mental health is so important while you're looking for a job that's right for you, let's take a look at some tangible tips you can practice every day to help you get on the right track.


1. Create a balanced routine

 

Creating a balanced routine is important for your mental health while searching for your next job because it helps to create structure, provide a sense of purpose, and give you time to take care of yourself. 


When you have a structure in place, it helps to provide a sense of control and order to your life, at a time when order may be hard to come by. 

This can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress and provide you with a sense of accomplishment along the way. 


Having a balanced routine also allows you to prioritize self-care activities, such as exercise, relaxation, and healthy eating, all of which can help boost your mood and reduce stress, allowing you to stay focused and motivated during your job search.


2. Develop a positive & resilient mindset 


Developing a positive and resilient mindset is also essential for job seekers—this is all about spending time focussing on the things that you can control, such as your attitude and effort.  

To develop this type of mindset, the best place to start is to take the time to reflect on your skills and accomplishments. 


This will help you to recognize your strengths, build your confidence, and focus on the process of job-searching, rather than the outcome. 

Staying organized and on top of your to-do list is also a great way to keep a positive mindset and stay motivated along your journey—make sure to set achievable goals, break down tasks, and track your progress. 


3. Build a support network 


Building a support network is also important for job seekers living with a disability. 


Having a strong support system of family, friends, and professionals can help to provide emotional and practical support throughout the job search process. 


Two women (one in wheelchair) taking a walk in the woods
Take a walk with a friend

It can also be helpful to join online communities and forums to connect with other job seekers who are in a similar situation. 


Having a support network can help to reduce feelings of isolation and provide a sense of community along your job search journey.


4. Practice stress management techniques 


Practicing stress management techniques is a great way to look after your mental health while you're searching for your next job. 


This could include activities such as deep breathing, mindfulness, or yoga, all of which help you calm your thoughts and emotions. 


It's a great idea to incorporate these techniques and practices into your daily routine. 


5. Set realistic goals 


Setting realistic goals when searching for a job can help to keep you motivated and focused.

Start by making a list of the type of job you are looking for, the skills and qualifications you possess, and the salary you are willing to accept. 


Consider the job market and research the average salary for the type of job you are seeking.

 Once you have a clear understanding of the job market, you can set realistic expectations for yourself.

Setting smaller goals for yourself along the way is also a great way to stay motivated, and look after your mental health. 


This could include things such as how many jobs you want to apply for each week, how many educational courses you want to complete, and how many interviews you want to attend. 


6. Reach out for support when you need help


If you find the job search particularly challenging, reaching out for support from a professional is a good idea and a great way to support your overall mental health. 


There are many employment support services out there that can help you on your journey including professional services that specialize in searching for jobs for people with a disability, to fit your unique needs and aspirations. 


When you're searching for a new job, it's more important than ever to look after your mental health and wellbeing. 


By implementing these six tips, you'll have taken the first steps to looking after your mental health and improving your chances of securing a job that's truly right for you.

 

We wish you luck in your job search.

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