For many people, looking for work can be an anxiety-provoking experience.
Doing something new or different (like leaving school and starting a traineeship) naturally raises your anxiety.
Applying for jobs also means doing a lot of complicated stuff, like submitting applications and dealing with reporting requirements.
On top of that are a lot of unknowns – which can really add to your stress levels. Stuff like not knowing when you’ll get a job, not knowing if you’ll have enough money next week, etc... All these can add to your anxiety!
- Difficulty concentrating, e.g. “I don’t know what to say on my resume.”
- Feeling exhausted
- Feeling shaky or trembling
- Breathing rapidly
- Constantly thinking about your worries
Dealing with anxiety
There are a lot of helpful ‘coping strategies’, which can help you manage your anxiety when you’re looking for work.
Here are some of the most common things you can try when anxiety is making your life difficult:
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