Here you are, out of work for some months or years, gone for several interviews and still nothing yet.
I know it is a hard and difficult time, not having your daily routine of going to work as you have done for the last 10/15/20 years and more. Yes, I know it is tough!
Now because things are getting on top of you, it is very easy to slip into depression; I know because I have been there. It is very easy to let your mind slip and start feeling sorry for yourself. It is also easy to start feeling paranoid, that people that know and don’t know you are talking about you. However, I can tell you that you have to force yourself to raise above it and no let depression take over your mental state of mind. You have to make that conscious effort to get out of bed and have a shower. Believe me, it will help.
I don’t know you but can say that you have a lot to offer the world and you have a lot to give and you have a lot to look forward to and you have a lot of years ahead of you, so do not let depression set in and take over your mental health. These are the words that I spoke to myself, time and time again.
What you can do to shake this low feeling off: is not to feel paranoid, not entertain any form of negativity your mind might be saying to you and not to alone. Reach out to a friend or family member, someone you can talk to. Listen to some soothing music. Go out and get some fresh air and come back indoors or make your way to the library. Go out and be active, staying indoors might be too much for you to bear.
The fact that you worked for the amount of years that you did shows that you do have tenacity. I am sure that through out the number of years that you worked, you must have faced various forms of challenges in your personal and professional life. That to me means that you have what it takes to overcome this ‘cloud’ called depression.
My suggestion to you is to do some voluntary work; studies have shown that helping other people not only helps you but it is also good at making you forget your problems. Doing voluntary work is most definitely good for your self-esteem and will help with your depression. Over the years, I have done a lot of voluntary work and still do till now.
As you know, I am not a medical person, if you are really suffering and cannot shake the low mood and feeling off, then please see your doctor, don’t suffer in silence, because there is help available to you.
This phase shall pass it is nothing personal, don’t feel defeated because you are a champion in your own right.