To help you, we have put together some helpful methods of avoiding stress in your job search. They may not be for everyone but we have tried to have a wide range. Maybe one or two of them is all you need? It is up to you how many methods you use, but make sure they are ones that can help.
(1) Avoid Isolation
Don't lock yourself away in a room to do a job search or try and do it alone. Yes some of your job search will have to be done online but not all of it. Get out and network with people face to face or attend job fairs etc. It is important that you socialise and interact with others. You could also try a bit of volunteering, take a course or even join a group e.g. job search group. Just don't keep yourself alone, mingle and interact.
(2) Make Financial Plan
Worrying about money during a job search can be a draining experience that takes your energy. Try and make plans over money with either someone experienced or with loved ones so you're not having to keep worrying of that aspect. Having a plan will help you to focus your mind and energy onto your job search.
(3) Track Progress & Make Plans
One thing that can really frustrate someone doing a job search is not being able to see any progress. This is easily dealt with by planing out daily, weekly & monthly goals and tracking how you're doing reaching those goals. By making goals & tracking your efforts, you can see the progress you are making which won't leave you feeling frustrated.
It is very important that you don't forget to look after yourself. Make sure you rest properly, have some fun with friends & family, eat healthy, exercise, meditate and have that quality time with family. All of these things help us to recharge our body & minds which will benefit your job search.
(5) Support Network
Having a good support group around you is always good. People you can talk to over issues, problems and experiences. Have people to talk to stops your frustrations from being bottled up. Not sharing things on your mind will not help your job search efforts as you'll tend to be more unfocused and angry. Develop supportive groups both at home and in your job search network. You can discuss job search issues with that support group and your personal thoughts with your home group.
(6) Reward Yourself
Ok it may sound a bit childish saying reward yourself but by doing so when you achieve goals or something good, is reinforcing that positive outcome and helping boosting your confidence. It is up to you how you reward yourself but find something that will help you make you feel even more happier and good.
(7) Accept Things
We can not control everything in a job search. There are certain things we can't control e.g. job markets, companies not expanding, people's views about you. It greatly helps that you just accept things that happen. Ok you didn't get an interview but so didn't loads of other people, you just have to accept that and move onto the next one. In an ideal world we could control every aspects of our lives but that doesn't happen. Next best thing is to accept things that happen in your job search and move forward. This is not easy for some people but try it. Having doubts & regrets do not help you in your job search.