Get Back to Work: Stay Active

No matter why you are looking for work, it is very important for you to take care of yourself.  Whether you were laid off, a college grad, are transitioning out of the military, have recently relocated, or are just ready for something new, looking for work can be stressful.

Stay Active

The first thing to remember when you start looking for work is to not get stuck on the couch.  You have to get up and move. Although joining a gym might not be in your budget right now, you can still take a walk around the block to get some fresh air, clear your mind, and prepare yourself for the task ahead.

Nicki Crapotta, a fitness expert and personal trainer, shares:

There are many options in your home for a rejuvenating workout.  Body-weight exercises like push-ups, squats, and crunches can be done anywhere in the house with limited space.  Some of the most effective and challenging exercises can be done on a mat and/or with a pair of dumbbells. Furthermore, thousands of training resources for the home, outdoors, and fitness center are at your fingertips via the Internet and smartphone apps.


Keeping fit will help you maintain your self-esteem, health, and overall wellbeing. This in turn, will make you feel better overall and lead to successful interviews.  If you were involved with a hobby or sport while employed, try to stick to it during your transition.

Find a way to de-stress when needed

When I began looking for work, I quickly recognized that transitioning from one career to another can be a frustrating and discouraging process. Sometimes my e-emails went unanswered, the employers I contacted were not responsive, or informational interviews did not turn into a substantial lead.  There was also the stress caused by family members, who questioned why I could not find work.

To deal with these stresses, I decided to use some of my time working on at home-projects I had on my to-do lists projects such as making a scrapbook for my daughter, cleaning out the junk drawer, doing some much needed gardening, and organizing the Tupperware cabinet.  It lifted my spirits to mark these items off my list, I received a positive reward for finishing a task, and there was no cost involved. For men, de-stressing projects can include cleaning out those cabinets in the garage or finally painting the man cave.


Next week I will share ways to help “Take Care of your Finances”


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