How Exercise Can Energize Your Job Search
If you’re looking for a job, you wouldn’t think twice about preparing a resume or lining up references. But exercise? That’s probably not on your job search checklist.
But, exercise is something every job seeker should consider adding to their to-do list. Adding exercise to your job search may do more than get you in shape. Learn how exercise helps your job search and gives it a boost!
6 Ways Exercise Energizes Your Job Search
Looking for employment can take a toll on your self-esteem and your sense of self-worth. Taking an exercise break from the grind of the job hunt, and the sometimes inevitable rejection that can come with it, can get you away from the computer for a while. Do whatever moves you—literally—to replenish your job-hunting mojo and take advantage of the confidence-boosting benefits of exercise.
2. Encourages Creative Thinking
Finding creative ways to approach your job search can be especially fruitful. Your daily dose of exercise can help you train your brain to approach your job search from a fresh perspective and with renewed energy.
3. Helps You Maintain Focus
We’ve all heard how exercise can “clear your head” and help remove the mental cobwebs. It’s one of the best examples of the mind-body connection: physical movement stimulates the brain and can help keep your mental focus sharp.
4. Increases Motivation
Instead of thinking about exercise as drudgery, flip the script and think about it as an important component of your day—as necessary as updating your resume or honing your interview skills. Think about the many benefits of exercise to your job search and pencil in some workout time.
5. Reduces Stress and Anxiety
Searching for a job can make you anxious and stressed. Did I customize my resume enough? Will a human actually see my application? While there’s only so much you can do to wow a potential employer, regular exercise can help reduce job search stress and anxiety.
When you exercise, your brain may increase the production of endorphins. Those are the “feel good” chemicals that can help improve your mood. And, while you’re concentrating and focusing on your exercise, there’s a good chance that you’ll forget about whatever is bugging you, which can help reduce your stress.
In addition, exercise can provide a physical release from stress. When we’re stressed out for any reason, our bodies can enter “flight or fight” mode. Because job search stress isn’t something we can flee from or fight with, we end up with unresolved stress and tension in our bodies.
By exercising, we’re helping to reduce the flight or fight response.
6. Increases Productivity
Being productive can help you accomplish more in a day, no matter what you set out to accomplish. When you’re searching for a job, you want to be as productive as possible, whether that’s networking with new contacts or following up on job leads. And exercise can give you a productivity boost.
One study found that on days when study participants worked out, they scored 21% higher on concentration and 22% higher for finishing their work on time, and they felt 41% more motivated!
Energize Your Job Search
No matter what form of activity you choose, regular exercise can energize your job search and you. So, get up, get moving, and give yourself and your job search a boost!
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