managing stress during a job change

Managing Stress During Job Transitions

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

In times of job change, stress can be overwhelming and affect both our physical and mental well-being. Here, I will explore effective strategies to manage stress during job transitions. We will discuss the importance of mindset and stress-relieving activities that can help alleviate the strain. Additionally, we will delve into the concept of expectations and how they contribute to stress. Finally, we will explore techniques to maintain focus and control where our attention goes.

Mindset and Stress-Relieving Activities

When it comes to managing stress during a job search or any other life transition, it is crucial to focus on both our mindset and engaging in stress-relieving activities. Meditation, exercise, sleep, and a balanced diet are all essential for maintaining a healthy body and mind and reducing stress levels. By prioritizing these activities, we can improve our overall well-being and cope better with the challenges we face.

The Role of Expectations

Expectations often become the greatest source of stress in our lives. We tend to expect outcomes that we do not have control over, such as getting a specific job or receiving a raise. It is important to recognize that we cannot control these external factors and that placing expectations on them only leads to increased stress. By focusing on what we can control, such as identifying companies, connecting with people, and improving our skills, we can alleviate unnecessary stress and maintain a healthier mindset.

Approaching Job Searches with a Growth Mindset

When it comes to approaching a job search or any other challenge, it is crucial to adopt a growth mindset. Rather than focusing solely on the outcome, we should shift our attention to the process and the effort we put into it. By setting realistic expectations and focusing on the actions we can take, we can reduce stress and increase our chances of success. Celebrating small victories, such as sending out job applications or improving our resume, can help us stay motivated and maintain a positive mindset throughout the journey.

Focusing and Concentration Techniques

To effectively manage stress, it is important to develop strong focusing and concentration skills. One approach to improving focus is through meditation. Meditation guru, Don Dapani, emphasizes the ability to control our attention and redirect it away from stressful thoughts. By practicing meditation and focusing exercises, we can train our minds to let go of stressors and shift our attention to positive aspects of our lives. This practice helps develop willpower and discipline, allowing us to maintain focus and avoid becoming overwhelmed by stress.

Establishing a Daily Routine

To maintain focus and control over our attention, it is helpful to establish a daily routine. Starting the day with a focused practice, such as meditation or concentration exercises, can set the tone for the rest of the day. By dedicating time to focus on ourselves and our goals without distractions, we can build resilience to stress and improve our ability to concentrate. Throughout the day, it is important to mentally park completed tasks and transition intentionally to the next activity, allowing us to maintain focus and prevent stress from accumulating.


Job transitions can be stressful, but by adopting the right mindset and engaging in stress-relieving activities, we can effectively manage our stress levels. By focusing on what we can control, setting realistic expectations, and developing strong focusing skills, we can navigate job searches and other life transitions with greater ease. Remember to prioritize self-care and maintain a positive outlook, and you will be better equipped to handle the challenges that come your way.

Job Search Networking Like The Big Boys and The Big Girls


People hire Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter to provide No BS Career Advice globally because he makes many things in peoples’ careers easier. Those things can involve job search,Jeff Altman hiring more effectively, managing and leading better, career transition, as well as advice about resolving workplace issues. 

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2700 episodes. 

7 Ways to Bulk Up Your In-Person Networking

You will find great info to help with your job search at my new site, ⁠⁠JobSearch.Community⁠⁠ Besides the video courses, books and guides, I answer questions from members daily about their job search. Leave job search questions and I will respond daily. Become an Insider+ member and you get everything you’d get as an Insider PLUS you can get me on Zoom calls to get questions answered. Become an Insider Premium member and we do individual and group coaching.

Also, subscribe to ⁠⁠ on YouTube and No BS Job Search Advice Radio, the #1 podcast for job search with more than 2700 episodes over 12+ Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Play, Amazon Music and almost anywhere you listen or watch podcasts.

You can also have your #jobsearchquestions answered Tuesdays at noon Eastern. Search for Career Coach Office Hours on LinkedIn and mark that you’re attending. You’ll have access to the recording if you miss it live. 

Stupid Networking Mistakes: No Patience

Schedule a discovery call to speak with me about coaching you during your job search at ⁠⁠ to discuss one-on-one or group coaching with me 

LinkedIn: ⁠⁠⁠heBigGameHunter⁠

⁠Resume & LinkedIn Profile critiques⁠ ⁠⁠

Seven Steps To Branding Yourself As An Expert

We grant permission for this post and others to be used on your website as long as a backlink is included to ⁠⁠ and notice is provided that it is provided by Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter as an author or creator. Not acknowledging his work or providing a backlink to ⁠⁠ makes you subject to a $1000 penalty which you proactively agree to pay.




About the author

Leave a Comment, Thought, Opinion. Speak like you're speaking with someone you love.