Five Tips for Self-Care While Job Hunting

Five Tips for Self-Care While Job Hunting

By Olivia Bauer | Manitoba Start

Looking for a job can be a stressful experience. Life goes on while you’re looking for work, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the tasks you have on your plate. It’s important to make time to care for yourself. These five tips will help you to be your best while on the job hunt.

1. Establish a routine.

In addition to the work involved in updating your resume, doing online research, networking and interviews, you may also be raising a family, studying, or contributing to a household. How can you effectively manage your to-dos and responsibilities? Make a schedule, create a routine, and stick to it. Keeping a schedule will not only help you to stay focused on your priorities, it will also keep your time management skills sharp, which will benefit you in the workplace. Creating structure is critical to your success.

2. Balance physical care with emotional care.

To be the best version of yourself, make time for physical and emotional self-care, which will help you to release harmful stress and refuel physically and mentally. Physical self-care includes eating nutritious food, exercising, and getting enough sleep. These behaviours help your body to recharge so that you have sufficient energy and good health.

Emotional self-care is equally important. This includes being aware of your thoughts and emotions so that you can let negative feelings pass and choose positive self-talk instead (“I have the skills employers are looking for. I will find the right job if I stay focused.”). Another aspect of emotional self-care is taking a break when you need one. As Anne Lamott says: “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.”

3. Think positive thoughts.

Choose to think positively about yourself, and reframe difficulties as opportunities to rise to new challenges. Be confident about your abilities and goals and give yourself positive affirmation. Visualize success to help you stay motivated—imagine what it will feel like when you reach your goals. Practice gratitude. Be kind to yourself. You’re doing your best!

4. Take time for family and friends

When things are busy, it’s easy to overlook spending time with the people we love. Set aside some time for family and friends. Take extra time around a meal together. Call a friend or family member. Ask a friend out for coffee or go for a walk together. Your family and friends can be a positive support network for you during this challenging time and remind you that you’re not alone.

5. Invest in yourself

Looking for work requires expending a lot of energy. Take some time to give back to yourself. What’s something you enjoy doing? What would you like to learn more about? What would help you feel your best today? What’s something that will boost your self-confidence? Choose to add beauty, joy, and purpose to your life today.

When it comes to finding employment, you are your very best asset! Taking good care of yourself is part of being ready for success!

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