How Fresh Air Can Help With Your Job Search
Starting to get frustrated (and exhausted) from sending job applications out every day? When we sit inside for hours at a time—especially if we’re stressed—our breathing becomes shallow, and we don’t make the most of our natural lung capacity. Couple that with the sometimes stagnant quality of indoor air, and it’s no surprise that poor breathing habits can contribute greatly to job search stress.
The good news? A few full, deep breaths can help with your job search by clearing your mind and focusing your thoughts.
Resolving to breathe more mindfully can be a big first step toward pushing back against stress. Mindful breathing is among the quickest of quick fixes, and heading out the door to take those deep breaths can compound the benefits.
Why Does Fresh Air Help?
Inhaling plenty of oxygen is absolutely crucial for maintaining healthy brain function. In fact, the brain uses three times more oxygen than muscles do and is extremely sensitive to decreased oxygen levels. And when compared to inside air (especially in a closed-up building with little ventilation), outside air has more oxygen.
Therefore, taking a walk outside and breathing fresh outdoor air improves brain function, especially if you’ve been cooped up in an office most of the day.
Taking the time to step away from long hours spent job searching will refresh your job search process and your health. Here are just a few of the potential benefits of getting outside for a breath of fresh air.
Yes, it’s actually that simple: Getting fresh air can boost your mood. As you job search, it pays to think of ways to get more fresh air into your day to stave off depression, stress, and the negative impacts those have on your job search. And your happier mood will absolutely show in your cover letters.
Just as getting sufficient light in the right doses can increase productivity, getting good clean air is essential. Take matters into your own hands—have lunch in the sunshine, or take five minutes to just sit outside and breathe deeply for a few minutes. When you’re back to your job search, having a houseplant in your office space can help bring a bit of the green outdoors (and the extra oxygen that goes with it) indoors to you.
Reconnect With Nature
When we spend hours staring at something just inches from our face (read: a computer screen), it’s easy to lose touch with the outside world—literally. Stepping away from your computer to the outdoors, or even taking your laptop outside for a while, gives you the opportunity to see a bit of nature while helping clear your mind so you can gear up for sending more job applications. Breathe big!
Getting Your Groove Back
After filling your lungs with fresh oxygen, you’ll likely feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle the next job application you’re working on. Dive in and enjoy! You might be surprised at how much easier it is to job search with a clear, oxygen-saturated mind.
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