Self-Care and The Job Search

By Mary Truslow on

Last week I met with a brand manager who has been on the job hunt for several months. She was focused, present, energetic and positive. And she looked great, too! So, I asked her what’s she been doing, and she attributed her presence and energy to taking great care of herself.

Of course! Self-care! So, between this conversation and a recent renewal retreat I attended at Kripalu, I started thinking about how self-care during a job search is so vital to a person’s well-being, and ultimately, landing a job.

  • With self-care, we honor our self-worth, which in turn helps support true confidence and self-esteem.
  • Looking for a job is stressful. Self-care can renew and restore our energy.
  • Self-care leads to greater well-being and vitality, which help us reach our true potential.

The four areas of self-care are physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.

Physical Care:

  • Eating healthy and drinking plenty of water
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Exercising to keep your energy up and stress down

Emotional Care:

  • Take time to talk with a close friend
  • Be kind to yourself
  • Seek out support from a professional – coach, counselor or therapist
  • Write your feelings and thoughts in a daily journal
  • Go have fun with a loved one or friend – laughing is healthy

Spiritual Care:

  • Take time to be with yourself to think and/or write
  • Get outside and enjoy nature
  • Pray, meditate or be grateful for all the wonderful things in your life
  • Be creative: paint, photograph, dance, sing
  • Volunteer for a worthy cause

Mental Care:

  • Read a great book or see a movie
  • Develop a skill or hobby
  • Take a class or join a group on a topic that interests you
  • Challenge yourself to learn something new – get out of your comfort zone

Taking the time to take care of yourself can seem impossible, but it is such a good thing to do, especially during a job search. It takes commitment and discipline, so take small, doable steps. The benefits you will reap are so worth it and may even land you a job!