Anxiety can sabotage any good job search. You answer an interviewer’s “tell me about yourself” question by starting from your experiences in the womb. Your resume migrates onto a third page, displaying your lack of ability to self-edit. College bills are due, and shockingly they won’t accept your equity in your startup. You wake up in the middle of the night sweating and wondering why your online submission for a job you match exactly doesn’t even give you a response.

After a 20-year meditation and yoga practice, I have learned many ways to better center myself. There are some very easy and quick exercises you can practice. Much less expensive than Xanax and no side effects.

Breathe through your nose

  1. Sit by yourself in a comfortable spot (don’t lie down)
  2. Breath in through your nose slowly for a count of 4; pause
  3. Breath out through your nose slowly for a count of 6
  4. Repeat for 2-3 minutes

Hands across the chest and abdomen

  1. Sit by yourself in a comfortable spot (don’t lie down)
  2. Take your left hand and place across your chest, hand on heart
  3. Take your right hand and put across your lower abdomen
  4. Just sit for 5 minutes

 

Shift weight back and forth

  1. Stand up straight with your legs about two feet apart
  2. Shift your weight back and forth slowly, staying in control
  3. Repeat for 2-3 minutes

Watch your breath

  1. Sit by yourself in a comfortable spot (don’t lie down)
  2. Close your eyes and just notice your abdomen and chest moving up and down
  3. Repeat for 2-3 minutes

 

These are great tactics for easing anxiety, but they won’t get you a job without other action. Click the button below to start working with me, and we’ll get your job search process underway.

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