How To Maintain Your Mental Health While Looking For Work

By Sophie Richards on 18 August 2021

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Looking for a new job can be a stressful experience. Many people face feelings of isolation, uncertainty and self-doubt. Whilst looking for a new job might feel like a lonely process, you are not alone. According to our 2023 Workforce Survey data, 21.8% of candidates said that they were actively looking for a new role and 19.8% are likely to be looking for a new role within the next 12 months.

It’s vital you take the time to stay mentally fit while searching for your next career step – both for your overall health, but also for your job prospects. Whether you’re currently employed or between jobs, the fundamentals of mental health maintenance and managing stress remain the same.

Tips for staying mentally healthy during your job search:

1. Maintain a routine

Establishing and maintaining a routine can provide an anchor point when you’re surrounded by doubt. Networking, applications and interviews often feel daunting - so it’s inevitable you’ll hit periods of stress throughout the process. However, the healthy habits and familiarity that a good routine creates will counter the stress and ensure you’re at your best when it comes time to perform.

2. Don’t take rejection personally

Whilst it’s easier said than done, - don’t take rejection personally and keep things in perspective. Missing out on an opportunity can be disappointing and at times dispiriting - but it’s also inevitable throughout your career journey. No one secures every opportunity they go for, no matter how successful they are. Learn what you can from the experience and move on confidently to the next opportunity.

3. Keep active

Keeping physically and mentally active is important, especially if you’re spending large amounts of time in front of the computer. Physical activity delivers the body important endorphins that can boost mood, focus and the ability to handle stress. Also, doing activities like reading, painting, and listening to music are known to reduce stress. While it might seem counter-intuitive, time well spent away from the desk is important to maintain your mental health.

4. Set Goals

Setting small goals can help you feel in control and prevent you from becoming overwhelmed amid setbacks and delays within the process. Even as little as creating a to-do list can help avoid feeling overwhelmed. Sending out a certain number of resumes, making a targeted number of calls or spending a certain amount of time researching are all steps that bring you closer to your next role - and give you a greater sense of control and well-being in the meantime.

5. Reach out

Asking for help when things are particularly stressful is vital. Use your family, social and career network to gain advice and perspective if things get especially trying. And of course, mental health professionals are always available and should be contacted if you are concerned about your ability to cope.

If you are searching for your new role and would like some help – contact us today!


If you’re finding life tough at the moment, support is available. You can call Lifeline anytime, day or night on 13 11 14. More support is available at

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