Wanna stay healthy and stress less in a job search?
Searching for a job, even in the best of times, can be fraught with anxiety. As many are gearing up for a job search, it’s imperative to take steps to care for yourself to lessen anxiety and stress to stay healthy to nail those interviews.
Anxiety and stress wreak havoc on physical and mental health. Inflammation occurs, gut health is impaired and the adrenals work overtime which leads to brain fog, fatigue, muscle weakness, weight gain, depression and anxiety. The adrenals produce cortisol, which regulates energy, blood sugar and stress response (aka fight or flight). They also produce adrenaline (get it… adrenal-ine), which is created in times of stress and produces that step-on-the-gas rush which increases blood pressure. This also wreaks havoc on thyroid and hormones. Essentially, you’re stuck in a vicious cycle. Getting to that place is easy, course correcting is difficult.
- Treat your job search like a job- Get dressed, make your bed, stay organized
- Create a schedule- Routine is helpful to keep a sense of normalcy and stay grounded. It helps to stay busy and focused. You’re likely to get more done and less likely to get depressed
- Don’t forget to unplug- Take time off to recharge. Just like a phone battery runs down, so do we
- Eat a healthy diet- Food is medicine. Eating whole, nutrient dense foods is imperative. What you eat impacts your gut, your brain and your mood. You don’t need to be a Michelin- star chef to feed yourself well
- Exercise and Meditate- Movement and breath is key. Keep your blood and breath flowing to help reduce blood pressure and stress
- Network- Don’t be shy about reaching out & asking for help. Leverage LinkedIn, even those 2nd & 3rd degree connections. Job searching is more than blindly sending out resumes
- Don’t blindly send out 50 resumes a day- How you do anything is how you do everything. I’m a fan of casting the net wide, but frantically and blindly sending out resumes won’t get the results you want. Set an intention and focus on jobs of interest
- Don’t take rejection personally- Rejection is redirection to opportunities that may be better than originally expected
Are you looking for a job? What are tips that help you?