RELAX: A Job Seeker’s Guide to Destressing

At one time or another, most of us have probably wished that stress burned calories; that way, we would be supermodels, right? Especially when it comes to finding a job or choosing a life-long career path, stress is one of the most draining feelings. According to WebMD, seventy-five percent to ninety percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Luckily for job seekers who are experiencing unwanted stress, there are destressing techniques readily available that will keep the doctor away, morning, noon and night! Here’s a simple guide on how to prevent and deal with the annoyance of job search stress:

Morning

First things first, waking up on the right foot is a great way to cope with stress you may have. However, sometimes the early morning hours cause irrational, stressful thoughts about your to-do list for the day. In order to rise and shine stress-free, try choosing a breathing pattern to follow right when you wake up to ease into the day.  Meditation in the morning is also another effective way to ward off unwanted stress. Not sure how to meditate or hesitant about the idea? Try the app Headspace that provides guidelines on how to meditate, as well as mindfulness training. Meditating and paying attention to healthy thoughts will prevent stress throughout the day. Job searches can take a toll on anyone’s day, so make sure to begin each day positively!

 Afternoon

Job searches can cause more and more stress as the day goes on. In order to take a second during the afternoon to destress, there are a few techniques to try. Whatever your preferred work setting may be, always keep a few toys on hand. Stress balls are a good example of such a tool no, not to throw at people –  but to squeeze to rid any frustration! Bubble wrap is another easy toy to keep on hand in order to destress throughout the day. Adding a few simple plants are a beneficial option to help ease and prevent stressful situations. Research has shown that keeping plants in your work environment promotes productivity and better health! Another way to alter your work environment is to add candles or a nice smelling plug-in which will calm nerves.

 Night

As the day comes to a close, feeling stressed out can keep the mind racing for too long. Leave the job search tasks for tomorrow and consciously make an effort to relax. Some great techniques to destress after a long day of job searching are baths, reading a book (non-stressful, so maybe try an upbeat fiction novel) and making sure to get a good night’s rest. One of the most important ways to begin relaxation mode is to count your blessings. Try to think about all the positives that happened throughout the day instead of focusing on the negatives.

Stress is prevalent in almost everyone’s lives, and can be especially high during job searches. Instead of feeding into this daunting feeling, take simple steps to calm down and rethink your to-do list. Being overly stressed is not good for health or productivity. With this guide, you will surely be able to minimize stress levels during your job search. Have any destress tips? Please share below:

2 thoughts on “RELAX: A Job Seeker’s Guide to Destressing

  1. I’ve found it beneficial to start my day with an aerobic workout and I quit drinking coffee all day, instead cutting it off @ noon and switching to caffeine-free tea.

  2. Great article on destressing for job seekers! I wrote an article called “Well-Being During Job Search”. Can I send it to you for possible publication?

    Julie Nisargand

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