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Tips on applying for jobs in bad mental state?

Discussion in 'Employment, Education & Disability' started by SeekingAfrica, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. SeekingAfrica

    SeekingAfrica Well-Known Member

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    I have some work, but I do need more. However I recently got back to really anxious, panicky, depressed and slightly agoraphobic. I feel hopeless and extremely guilty which doesn't help me promote myself much.
    How do I approach this process? My system was...no system...I am used to just applying for as many jobs daily as I can, taking whatever chance I can get. Which was working when I was okay-ish. I am back on meds, but they will take time to kick in.
    So my head is a mess of not knowing when to apply and how many jobs to aim for applying, and how to present myself in best light when I feel the opposite...any advice?
     
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  3. Sietz

    Sietz I'm a VIP

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    I used to do the same, apply for as many as I could.
    It is a system and not a bad one!

    If it worked in the past, why not try it now? Maybe it would help you feel more active and in control.

    As for interview tips, just smile a lot and maybe do some breathing exercises before you go in, so you can walk in calm.

    I'm sorry you're strugging and in need of a job, it's a major stressor. :hug:
     
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    SeekingAfrica Well-Known Member

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    It worked in the past because I was in better state and productive- and feeling like I can do a lot. When I get this anxious as now, anything that is not put on a set schedule and non-negotiable is extremely hard to do. Even what is scheduled is extremely hard already. When I'm this anxious everything is near impossible so it needs more strict structure. As example usually going to the bank for a 10minute errand(close to home) is not an issue to just pick and go do. But last weeks doing the same thing I had 2 panic attacks on the way to there, and if it wasn't super important that I go exactly that morning I would have likely postponed it, because I felt nauseous and anxious for a while after...So yeah...creating structure would help me, but creating a structure when my brain is overflowing with thoughts is an issue in itself.

    I got proper note and project management apps though and I'm trying to braindump the chaos in my head there. And organize what is practical info that I need to reference and what is just daily notes of things that I just need to vent out of my head so I don't hyperventilate. Sorry. I know this sounds intense. It kind of is. I'm working on it.

    Thank you for the interview tips though, I will definitely try to implement those!:)
     
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    No need to apologize, everyone has different coping strategies. :)

    Seems like you're doing everything you can to make it work.
     
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