How to Stay Healthy While Job Hunting

Looking for work is hard work in itself. It can be frustrating and stressful. During this stressful time, you want to make sure that you take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. After all, you cannot look for a job effectively if you are not healthy yourself.

Here are a few things to keep in mind while you are looking for work, things that will help you maintain your health and well being.

1. Exercise
You probably were expecting this one. The evidence for exercise is overwhelming, especially during times of increased stress. You probably know that exercise is crucial for your physical well being. Not only does it give you more energy, but it also prevents a host of illnesses.

But research has shown that exercise is also great as a stress reliever. When we experience stress, our bodies release certain hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline and sugars. Their purpose is to give us a big energy boost to confront whatever is threatening us. It is all part of the “fight or flight” response.

In our more primitive state, we were able to burn off this excess energy with physical activity. But today, in an office environment, we cannot do this as easily. The result is that we become stressed and anxious. Over time, we can even develop illnesses like high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease because of stress. Stress has also been found to shrink brain mass as well.

But exercise helps to burn off the excess energy produced by these hormones. And it has been found to actually increase the number certain brain cells, including those cells that produce neurotransmitters that help to calm us.

2. Eat well.
That means getting a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet. This will help to keep you healthy and functioning at your best. These foods are loaded with the nutrients your body needs to function well.

Stay away from sugary foods and processed foods. They have little nutritional value. They will give you a quick boost of energy, but it doesn’t last. You will find yourself feeling listless and fatigued after the energy boost wears off.

3. Get enough sleep.
This is something that does not get enough emphasis. Sleep is necessary for our brains to repair and recover. Inadequate sleep has the same effect as drinking too much alcohol. We cannot perform at our best without enough sleep.

4. Volunteer
Volunteering is beneficial in a number of ways. First off, it just gets you out of the house. It takes your mind off your own problems for a while. It makes you feel better because you realize you are doing something to help others. Beyond that, it also is a great way to meet new people and network. It also helps you to keep your skills sharp, as well as learn new skills.

If you are looking for work in the Anchorage area, Opti Staffing can help match you with a job that fits your skills and experience. We are among the most respected staffing firms in Alaska. Give Opti a call today.

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