It is not surprising that there is a strong link between unemployment and poor mental health. The job search process is tedious, the rejection is irritating, and loss of income has dire consequences for overall livelihoods. Unfortunately, depression as a result of job search is a reality that many face.
A 2014 study Magallop found that unemployed Americans (12.4%) were twice as likely to receive depression treatment than full-time employees (5.4%). In addition, being unemployed for more than one year doubles the risk of depression compared to five weeks of unemployment.
Recently, e CDC Estimate the percentage of American adults with anxiety symptoms or depressive disorders during the epidemic. From August 2020 to February 2021, this percentage of adults increased drastically from 36.4% to 41.5%.
Hence, you need to be vigilant about taking care of your mental health whenever you are looking for a new job.
Some strategies, like Daily exercise, Have been proven time and time again. But given the complex nature of depression, it is important to continue to dig deeper into research. Besides, COVID-19 has changed the mental health landscape in America. Returning to data from 2019 is not a good enough reflection of the world today.
Here is what the latest studies of 2021 show on preventing job search depression:
Start with sleep
In late May, the journal JAMA Psychiatry published a new Research On the best way to optimize sleep patterns to reduce the risk of depression. In the study, Harvard researchers examined 23andMe survey findings and genetic data from 850,000 people.
They found that those who go to bed and also wake up early suffer less from depression. For example, waking up earlier than usual reduces the risk of depression by 23%, and waking up two hours earlier reduces it by 40%.
To reduce the risk of job-seeking depression, practice self-discipline on your sleep patterns. It can be tempting to stay up late and sleep if you do not have to report for work in the morning. But it will serve you better in the long run if you make efforts to get up early.
Try a sleep tracker to keep an eye on your patterns. Also, if you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, set the alarm clock on the other side of the room. You can also create for yourself a responsibility that must happen at the same time every morning. A walk with a dog, watering plants or joining a family member for breakfast can help your motivation.
It is important to note that if your family history and personal background put you at high risk for depression, changing your sleep patterns should not be the only measure you take to take care of your mental health. Additional professional help and medication may be appropriate.
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Evaluating eating habits
The Journal of Applied Psychology, affiliated with the American Psychological Association, recently published a Studying a daily diary Who tested eating habits. Although the results did not specifically address mental disorders, they revealed findings regarding behavior and emotional stability, which may relate to mental health.
The researchers found that unhealthy eating behavior in the evening leads to emotional and physical stress even the next morning. Some examples include feelings of guilt, abdominal pain and diarrhea. These varieties reduce the quality of your performance until the afternoon.
To manage your risk of job search depression, you need to be wary of negative thinking patterns. Choices that increase guilt, feelings of inability, exhaustion or laziness, and physical discomfort do little to prevent negative thoughts. Therefore, adhering to what you eat, how much and when you will improve your afternoon job search and contribute to better self-talk.
Try to list which nutrients you prefer, but avoid counting calories. While it can help you keep track of your healthy eating habits, it can also contribute to unhealthy thinking patterns, and possibly even eating disorders. Instead, color-cod the food groups to see what foods you are eating or not eating enough.
Keep track of alcohol consumption
During the plague, Alcohol.org Survey 3,000 employees to see how the lock affects their drinking habits. They found that 35% of Americans said they were likely to drink more alcohol while self-isolating. Moreover, 1 in 3 Americans are more likely to drink during work hours while working from home during quarantine. According to the researchers’ interpretations, these increases were due to the emotional anesthesia of alcohol and the effects of stress relief in times of distress.
Hopefully the stress you are under in your job search does not match the levels of crisis that America has faced since the onset of the plague. But unemployment is still an emotional and stressful state to be in. And from the results of Alcohol.org, there is no denying that Americans drink more often to cope with such circumstances.
If drinking is a part of your daily life, you should not abstain completely, for fear that it will interfere with your job search. The key is to make sure you do not start relying on him as a crutch for emotional support. Drinking a lot may make you feel better right now, but it will hurt your ability to wake up early, make healthy choices, and focus on finding work. And your inability to perform can quickly lead you to depressive symptoms.
Keep in mind that if alcohol or other unhealthy coping mechanisms are consistently your choice when dealing with problems, it may be time to seek help.
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