So you’ve not found your dream job yet and on top of that it’s now freezing cold every day with a lot less daylight hours. It is easy to understand why your motivation and positivity might have taken a hit.
You could be suffering from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, which causes a number of symptoms such as low energy levels, low self-esteem and anxiety. This disorder affects 29% of adults according to research from The Weather Channel and YouGov.
Alison Kerry, from the mental health charity MIND, says: “With SAD, one theory is that light entering the eye causes changes in hormone levels in the body. In our bodies, light functions to stop the production of the sleep hormone melatonin, making us wake up. It’s thought that SAD sufferers are affected by shorter daylight hours in the winter. They produce higher melatonin, causing lethargy and symptoms of .”
So how can you fight SAD and not let it make you feel blue during your job search?
So the winter blues may be affected by daylight. Boost your positivity and productivity when job hunting by moving your computer or job searching work station to somewhere with plenty of daylight. Schedule breaks where you physically leave the house and go outside for walks. Even if you only go as far as your local shop, it’s better than nothing and this can make a massive difference to your mood.
“You deserve this!”
It is important to reward yourself when you things go well. Whether you’ve got that call back you were waiting for, got an interview booked or filled out a particularly complicated application you should congratulate yourself for doing things well! You could reward yourself with a couple of hours watching a movie or catching up with friends. It doesn’t matter what it is just as long as it makes you feel good so you can return to job hunting feeling refreshed and motivated.
“Make good food choices!”
When you are already feeling sorry for yourself it is very easy to reach for those bad foods but try to make better choices and you will feel better in the long run. If you are desperately craving chocolate then maybe reach for the dark chocolate as an option. It is a much better choice than other chocolate types! You could also snack on fruits or nuts. Make sure you are taking proper breaks to eat otherwise you may end up eating more than you intended whilst working on something.
“Be active and social!”
Staying active is really important. Although this doesn’t necessarily help your job search directly it will help to release endorphins which will improve your mood. It doesn’t have to be anything crazy, it just needs to get your heart rate up. You can always use this as an opportunity for being social as well. You could do a class with a friend, or go on a bike ride with a friend. Just try to leave the house and not look at the same 4 walls.