Yoga – A Secret for Relieving Job Search Stress
I recently worked with a client who landed an exciting entry-level engineering role with a growing and innovative company in Halton, Ontario. During our coaching sessions, he had asked for help in managing the stress he was feeling as a result of the job search process. Along with thoroughly dedicating himself to interview practice and preparation, and remaining optimistic, I suggested a wellness practice that has been instrumental in relieving my own stress: yoga.
The Plentiful Benefits of Yoga
I discovered yoga several years ago as a way to de-stress and become more centred. I enrolled in an eight-week class with a professional yoga instructor. After a short while, I began to see visible changes and experienced positive results by doing yoga at least twice a week.
There are a multitude of benefits from practicing yoga regularly. Here are 12 benefits that I’ve enjoyed:
- Helps to manage stress proactively – rather than reactively
- Improves breathing
- Enhances self-awareness, focus, and promotes healthy lifestyle habits
- Reduces pain
- Promotes peaceful sleep at night and alertness throughout the day
- Boosts confidence and clarity – re-shifts perspective and transforms old, non-productive patterns
- Speeds up weight loss and assists in maintenance of a healthy weight
- Improves eating habits and digestive processes
- Uplifts mood and increases energy
- Increases flexibility and posture through moderate stretching
- Balances out the events of daily life – facilitates alignment with the rhythms of life
- Enhances overall health and mobility
As a gentler alternative to the traditional gym routine, yoga provides a harmonious method of managing today’s fast-paced lifestyle. All you need is a comfortable, quiet space, a mat, soft lighting, and relaxed-fit clothing that allows for freedom of movement.
My Discoveries Through Yoga
By practicing yoga techniques and meditation, I discovered that I was able to look more introspectively and achieve personal growth by finding answers to work and life challenges.
Through my journey as an entrepreneur and yoga enthusiast, I have learned:
- The importance of respect for others, but also self-respect
- The importance of taking time out for myself
- That I should always follow my intuition – it never lies
- There is no need to rush – everything happens when it should, with perfect timing
- That perseverance and patience pay off
- To appreciate the uniqueness of every client – each one has something important to teach me
Helping Clients Relieve Stress Through Yoga
The secret to gaining work-life balance lies within.
In our hectic world, clients feel like they have to constantly multitask in order to meet all of their obligations. For many, this becomes the norm of daily life. Sometimes, in the midst of busyness, it is easy to lose focus on the job search and clients may escape by watching television, browsing the internet, or listening to music.
Recommend to your clients that they stop. Take a few moments, breathe, and give thanks for everything. Let them know that yoga is a simple, inexpensive, effective way to relieve job search stress.
Introduce your clients to some basic yoga techniques that will help them increase their energy levels and improve feelings of well-being. Recommend that they start with the beginner level, under a yoga instructor’s supervision, if they are new to yoga. Advise them to approach the advanced-level poses gradually, when they feel they are ready – never overexerting themselves.
Yoga offers alternative poses for novices that can be modified. The “downward dog” and “child’s pose” are two of my favourite yoga techniques – both offering a sense of calm and rejuvenation.
Try an online yoga class and motivate your clients to do yoga regularly, especially before the big interview, performance review, and first day on the job. Enhance your own career success and personal growth by transitioning from the chaos of a busy day to a calm state of mind and body.
Yoga for Beginners with Rodney Yee (YouTube video)
15 Minute Calming Yoga for Stress Relief and Anxiety (YouTube video)
As part of your personal career development plan for 2021, consider expanding the range of services you offer by completing CPC’s new Work-Life Coaching Certificate course. The course focuses on the work-life skills required to help clients be successful in living, learning, and working, while also empowering them to nurture their happiness, well-being, and sense of self.
Lori Jazvac is a passionate, award-winning Master Certified Résumé Strategist and Certified Employment Strategist through Career Professionals of Canada. As a multi-certified Master Résumé Writer and Certified Career Transition Coach, she specializes in helping clients navigate challenging career transitions. In 2013, an empowering vision inspired Lori to launch Creative Horizons Communications, a holistic career services firm where she virtually supports jobseekers around the globe to embrace their next career milestone. In her spare time, Lori enjoys dance, blogging, watching comedies and reality shows, yoga, and taking long walks in nature.