Most people think that introverts are the only people who need or want to isolate themselves. Truth be told, when stress hits job seekers—introverts or extroverts—the tendency is to want to be left alone. Isolating yourself often leads to a vicious circle of loneliness, low self esteem, and depression.
Isolation and depression take an executive job seeker down a slippery slope:
- Interfere with restful sleep. Studies have shown that you tend to sleep in spurts, waking in short intervals or experiencing restlessness. Not sleeping well can affect your ability to interview and communicate well.
- Lead to physical illness. Loneliness has a systemic effect, possibly raising your stress hormone levels and making it harder for your body to repair the daily wear and tear of life. Feeling disconnected can actually hurt your immunity.
- Make you catastrophize. You may have spent too much time ruminating why you lost your job or whatever, and now your brain is on alert for new social threats, therefore blowing a basically normal situation out of proportion.
How do you overcome isolation and depression during job search? A few conventional and unconventional tips:
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