When you’re depressed, even the most basic daily activities can be hard. You’d have to drag yourself out of bed and summon the courage to look sharp for the day. Add job search to the mix, and life can start to feel like an insurmountable summit.
Take a breather
If you’ve just left a toxic job, take some time to heal or recharge before jumping into the application process. You deserve the break. Besides, you may still be feeling overwhelmed. Overstraining yourself can prove self-defeating. You’ll be more productive and better equipped for the new journey if you allow yourself to take a breather.
Understand that it’s only temporary
Remind yourself that job transitions are a normal part of adult life. It’s a phase you will eventually overcome. And while employers check an applicant’s criminal record, they will never look into your medical records or discriminate against your mood disorder. As a matter of fact, many successful employees or top executives have a mental battle of their own. While it may make the fight more difficult, your depression does not have to keep you from succeeding in your chosen field.
Take care of yourself
Remember to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. These will help you ace the application process. The healthier your body feels, the better equipped you will be to overcome both the internal and external battles.
Also, take stock of how you feel and when you start feeling the negative emotions. Sometimes bouts of depression can be triggered by hormones. Gaining insight into your body will allow you to seek the right kind of medical assistance and will enable you to schedule your activities around days when you feel at your best.
Whatever happens, remember to keep going. Take it one step at a time. Before you know it, you’ve overcome the most challenging of summits.