5 Tips to Keep Your Mental Health in Check While Job Hunting

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ZipJob Team

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Job hunting is tough. It can be a long, arduous, and sometimes daunting task, especially when you’ve been at it for a long time. Not only can this prolonged search make an impact on your personal and family finances, but it can also negatively affect your mental health. Despite how frustrating job searching may be, taking care of your mental health must remain a priority through the process.

In this post, we’ll walk you through a few ways you can keep your mental health in check throughout the job search process.

Here’s what we’ll cover: 

  1. Lean on expert help

  2. Prioritize self-care time

  3. Develop a schedule

  4. Disregard the schedule

  5. Keep a positive mindset

1. Lean on expert advice

As a rule, people look to help other people. If you find yourself in a situation where you are struggling, start by talking to people close to you about what you’re feeling or how the job search is impacting your life in less than ideal ways. Talking to others can do a world of good, and they may have shared similar experiences to you as well!

When talking to family members isn’t enough and you feel your mental health is taking a more drastic turn than you wish, talking to a professional online psychiatrist can help identify where you’re struggling and help you make a positive change in your life.

2. Prioritize self-care

We all know the saying “too much of one thing can be a bad thing." The same goes for job hunting. Hours can quickly fly by and before you know it, you’ve spent your entire day searching for companies, refining your resumé, and applying for positions in an endless cycle.

Consider taking a break from it all and focusing on yourself. Here are a few simple ways you can take a break and prioritize your self-care to benefit your mental health:

  • Take a walk

  • Call a family member and talk about anything

  • Read a book

  • Prep for dinner

  • Do a small activity you enjoy

The options are nearly endless and can be anything that makes you happy. Balancing the job search with enjoying life will also help you have a newfound focus when you do search since your brain won’t be as bogged down. Wholefully.com has some additional self-care ideas to keep you inspired.

3. Develop a schedule

Schedules are good. They can keep you on track, allow you to balance out your time spent looking for a new job, and time to do personal things. A schedule can also help make sure you’re staying in a normal routine which you’ll need when you do land your job.

What you don’t want during this time is to get overly complacent. For example, work to keep a consistent sleep and wake schedule, work out at similar times to help break up your day, etc. If you haven’t developed a routine in the past, don’t stress, start with these easy tips to get you moving in the right direction!

4. Disregard the schedule

While schedules are great for helping keep you organized and on task, they can also become limiting. Schedules, like spending hours upon hours of job searching, can easily become monotonous and lead to burnout. Work to keep your day fresh by doing your normal routine at different times once in a while.

Try getting your workout in the morning rather than in the afternoon or anything else that will keep your mind and body guessing to help keep your day exciting. Making occasional changes to a schedule can allow you more freedom in your day and allow you to do what you want when you want, which can help you better prioritize your tasks. 

5. Keep a positive mindset

Though it may seem obvious, keeping a positive mindset can go a long way to helping your mental health. This doesn’t mean looking at everything through a beguiled lens, but it means approaching situations or challenges positively versus with a negative preconception.

Whether you take time to meditate, do yoga, or journal before bed, taking time to get in the right mental mindset is a helpful tool, and one that the Mayo Clinic says can help reduce stress.


Your job hunt is a process, but you should never lose touch with your mental or physical health. Taking the time to take care of yourself will innately help your job search by keeping you in a positive mindset.

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ZipJob Team

The ZipJob team is made up of professional writers and career experts located across the USA and Canada with backgrounds in HR, recruiting, career coaching, job placement, and professional writing.

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