With endless job applications to complete, cover letters to write, along with networking on LinkedIn and other professional groups; the job search can take its toll. It’s easy to forget to nurture ourselves in the frenzy of seeking employment.
Yet, self-care is essential so that we bring our most alert, confident, and relaxed self to the entire search process, especially the interviews. Moving to a new location and changing your scenery, even when done in short intervals, can take you out of a stuck place and renew your perspective. Pausing for some refreshment time will serve your job search well and bring you more peace.
The following are some simple tips to help you set your project(s) aside and take a much-needed break.
Turn your cell phone OFF
Enjoy lunch outside. Eat slowly and savor each bite. Take a few moments to listen to the call of the songbirds. Feel the breeze lift your spirits. Renew your energy.
Take morning and afternoon breaks outdoors (five to ten minutes each) A few minutes to breathe in the fresh air and place the stale “challenges” on pause can renew your perspective and revitalize your spirit.
- Walk around the block for a fresh start. Find the closest park bench and sit still for a few moments. Be a keen observer of the people that pass by. What do you notice? If you’re near a fountain or a quiet nook, pause at one of these refreshment centers to recharge. You’ll feel alive when you return to your desk.
- Go to the closest grassy area (or the beach if you live near one) and sit down on a towel or blanket that you bring along. Connect with the sacred earth. You may want to take your shoes off for a few moments to feel the grass (or sand) under your feet. If you feel comfortable doing so, close and rest your eyes for a while. Release any thoughts of your job search during this time. Focus instead on any nature sounds e.g., the birds, the wind.
- Go to an outdoor café, a cozy restaurant or coffee house with “character” for your lunch break (ideally someplace new). Breathe out any pent up concerns from your job search and breathe in the new life within your change of scenery.
You deserve this time for rejuvenation. You’ll likely feel more motivated to jump back into your job search when you return.
Your creative expression and energized spirit will thank you. Are you ready to land your ideal work opportunity? Take a break!