Application season: Mindfulness during the job hunt

Job hunting can be arduous and daunting, with applicants navigating through a sea of job listings, writing cover letters, submitting applications, attending interviews, and anxiously waiting for a reply. This constant uncertainty can certainly take a toll on one’s mental health. It’s important to remember to practice mindfulness to help you manage stress, have clarity to make informed decisions, enhance interview performance, and navigate the process with ease and resilience.  

Some easy mindfulness practice that you can incorporate during your application season are: 

  1. Meditation 
    Set aside dedicated time each day to practice mindfulness meditation. This can involve focusing on your breath, body sensations, or using guided meditations.
  2. Journalling 
    Journalling can help you connect with yourself, help you organise your thoughts, and reflect on any insights.
  3. Gratitude  
    Incorporating gratitude into your daily routine can be as simple as keeping a gratitude journal where you write down things you are thankful for each day, or just focusing on the present moment. This self-compassion is essential for maintaining a healthy mindset and preserving your mental and emotional energy throughout the job search.
  4. Stay active 
    Regular physical activity has a profound impact on the brain and can contribute to improved mood, reduced stress, enhanced cognitive function, and overall better mental health. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout! Engaging in low-intensity aerobic activities like walking, gentle jogging, or leisurely cycling for 30-35 minutes on 3-5 occasions each week is highly beneficial!
  5. Stay connected 
    Staying connected with friends and family is important to nourish our mental and emotional wellbeing, but especially during this critical period of your career journey, they provide social support and a safe space to express your thoughts. 

And remember! Our career consultants and application advisors are here to help you at any step of your job hunt- so book an appointment at King’s Careers Connect or swing by the careers office to pick up more information leaflets!