Chronic stress and job-seeking

Published on 25 January 2022 at 16:07

Stress is good and essential to perform well in a certain situation. However, when it persists, it causes damages at all levels: physical, mental and emotional.

We use the word "stress" too often as a synonym for other activities or emotions like "I'm busy", "I have tasks to do", "I'm frustrated", "I'm sad", "I'm fatigued", I'm annoyed", "I'm tired". With that, we are loosing the understanding of what chronic stress means and the ability to spot, understand and face the symptoms and then to be able to develop a sustainable coping mechanism for chronic stress.

Having a "fight-or-flight" stress-reaction in a dangerous or demanding situation is vital to perform well (like job interviews), but most of us are maintaining this reaction state even after the episode is long over or due to the prolonged nature of the situation. 

According to  staying in a deeply unsatisfying job, which doesn't excite you anymore and you have lost the passion for it, is one of the main causes of chronic stress.

Top signs of chronic stress, just to mention a few:

  • low energy
  • negative self-talk: "I'm not good enough", "I don't deserve more", "I'm not sure anymore what I'm good at", "I don't know what to do, where to start", "Nobody wants me." "No-one understands me"
  • low libido
  • cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel; don't know where to start
  • feeling overwhelmed and worried
  • wants to stay-in, preferable alone
  • feeling blue most of the times
  • apathy 
  • increased use of coffee, drugs, alcohol or other stimulants
  • insomnia
  • cannot find joy in every-day activities
  • headache, migraine, vertigo
  • over -or under-eating 
  • anger, frustration
  • high pulse, chest-pain
  • compromised mental (panic-attacks, anxiety, depression) and gut health (Colitis, Crohn, IBS)

Please know that this situation can be changed. Recognizing that you might be suffering from chronic stress due to a career-plateau or an unchallenging job is the first step. Noting your inner voice, when you are trying to convince yourself that you are "okay" with this, is so normal, as you have gotten used to feeling this way and operating on this high stress hormone level for so long, you don't even remember what life is like without stress. Please know, that you have the ability to change this. You have the inner power to control your thoughts, emotions and actions. You might not know how to start and what steps to take. But please know that you are not alone on this journey and help is available.

In the past 15 years I have been on both sides of job-seeking. I have been building my own career in  fast-paced multination environments, first in airline than in the software industry. I know how it feels like being stressed and I have seen thousands of people trying to land their dream job while already coping with chronic stress. With my unique hybrid method I use in my Sustainable Career Navigation signature group program I can help you to sustain your health, increase your courage, motivation, energy and to attain skills you need to get opportunities for job interviews and then to shine during those steps.

I'm opening my calendar this week for a free, 20-min, online, no-obligation, discovery consultation call, where we'll be discussing three things:

1. Where are you in your career path

2. Where would you like to be in 6-12 months' time

3. What's in your way, roadblocks, challenges, things that you think you'd need help with.

If you want to move away from a pain of feeling desperate and unhappy in your current job towards your dream job, this is your opportunity that cannot be missed! 

Is 2022 the year when you step up and create your own reality?

How badly do you want to enjoy your days at work, so you even forget that you are working, and get paid for a job that you are passionate about and fully enjoy?

If this is what you want, get in touch, and let's chat.

I'm in your corner, and I will cheer you along the way. Let's do it.


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