As you mentally and physically prepare for your career search, remember to put self-care at the top of your list. Yes, you are your first priority!
Self-care is more important than your resume, and “working” your LinkedIn network. “Why is that?” you may be thinking. Read my explanation below.
The job search is not one for the faint of heart
The job search is an arduous process for most. To get to the finish line of your job seeking marathon, you must have the stamina, along with a clear mind, and a relaxed body.
Indulging in your creative passions, or discovering some new ones, will also help you shine during your job interviews.
Your self-care and creative life matter and can help you land the opportunity you’re seeking.
Here’s how to practice self-care and improve your odds with your career search
The advice below will set you on a career path that is both rewarding and good for your health.
Move your body
Make time to go for a walk, a bike ride, to an exercise class, or dance. Exercise releases the “feel good” chemicals, Endorphins. Not only is it healthy for you, it will go a long way in keeping your “smile” on.
Stay well-hydrated. Consume less processed sugar and eat at least three balanced meals with plenty of veggies and fruit. Eating a healthier diet will keep you energized for the long haul.
Rest when you get the chance
Take a few moments whenever you can to get up from your computer and stretch. Consider taking a nap.
A study in 2009 by UCSD and the VA San Diego Healthcare System showed that napping enhances creativity and can assist with problem-solving.
Give yourself breaks from technology. Meditate or just close your eyes for a few moments and sit still. This will nourish you so you can keep going.
Practice sleep hygiene
A 2013 Mayo Clinic study showed that the bright light emitted by SmartPhones and tablets can disrupt sleep-wake cycles.
The study suggests turning off your devices at least one hour before bedtime. The World Health Organization recommends eight hours of sleep a night for peak performance.
Sleeping well during your diligent work search can help you make smarter decisions and feel more alert.
Make time for creative play
To stay more relaxed, make time to play. Sit down with foam board, magazines, scissors, and a glue stick to create a vision board of your ideal work situation and have fun while creating this.
You may prefer to dabble with a sketch pad, colored pencils, crayons, paints or maybe you want to make shapes with play dough or clay. Try not to get hung up on the end result–just be willing to explore and enjoy the experience.
A 2017 study in the Art Therapy Journal mentioned that spending 45 minutes in visual art activities significantly reduces the stress hormone, Cortisol, so it’s even great for your health.
Remember your career search is a marathon, not a sprint. Focusing on your self-care can elevate your energy and mood to go the distance to reach success.