Tips for Staying Healthy when Unemployed

Research has shown that there is a link between unemployment and the subsequent deterioration in one’s health. Unemployment is a time of uncertainty, which can trigger anxiety and stress in any of us.

Almost all of us have been there at one point or another. You are not alone. More importantly, you should protect your health during this difficult transition.

Here are some practical tips for staying positive and healthy while not causing a strain on your pockets.

Physical Health

If previous work commitments prevented you from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to use your free time wisely now. Exercise helps relieve stress and can improve your confidence and mood.

Mental & Emotional Health

Losing a job is one of life’s most stressful experiences, and it is normal for you to feel angry, hurt, upset and helpless. Amidst the stress, it’s important to maintain a positive mindset [and find resilience in the face of difficulties.

Social Health

You may be tempted to withdraw from family and friends out of shame or fear. On the contrary, your loved ones would feel grateful that you trust them enough to confide in them, which could strengthen your relationship with them.

Unemployment can be a difficult time for many jobseekers. Rest assured that you are not alone. You may feel there is very little that you can do to control the stress factors, but the fact is, there many concrete steps you can take, both in securing a job and protecting your health in the process. Consider working with a Career Coach to ride through this unemployment period together.

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