Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Careers & Workplace
  3. Jobs

Depression and a lengthy job hunt sometimes go together

See also

This article discusses how to avoid depression, which can impair a successful job hunt, as well as long term career success. If unemployed people, for example, are depressed, they are more likely to make rash career decisions. Depressed job hunters sometimes decide to take any job.

Some ways to prevent depression are to eat a healthy diet, to get regular exercise, to do something enjoyable for relaxation, and to know when to consult a health professional.

Also, depression and insomnia often occur together. People with persistent insomnia have triple the chances of developing depression. It is important, therefore, for people to avoid insomnia.

Unemployed people also must avoid becoming isolated, which increases their chances of becoming depressed. Career support groups help unemployed people give each other strength and expertise.

Unemployed people, especially men, often are too ashamed of their unemployment status, and they keep it a secret. A much better strategy is to use networking to find a job.

Unemployed people’s thoughts, good or bad, often lead to their feelings, good or bad. If unemployed people, for example, think only about the job they no longer have, they are more likely to develop feelings of depression. If, on the other hand, they realize that unemployment might give them a chance to continue their education, they might realize that, especially with more education, they might qualify for more desirable jobs than the ones that they lost.

As priest and author, Robert Farrar Capon, once said, “The shock of unemployment becomes a pathology in its own right.” Do not let this happen to you.

Advertisement

Life

  • Randy Travis
    Randy Travis returns with 'Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am' in August
    Today's Buzz
  • Alternative medicine
    Alternative medicine: Remedies to make the bugs in your body go away for good
    Camera
    7 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    Camera
    10 Photos
  • Back to school
    These 10 items are sure winners on your back-to-school shopping trip
    Camera
    12 Photos
  • Izabel Goulart
    Izabel Goulart walks the runway with Studio F at Colombia Moda
    Camera
    19 Photos
  • Ombre' technique
    Go for the gusto: What ombre' technique are you?
    Camera
    5 Photos