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Use Yoga to Beat Job-Search Burnout

By: Gaia Staff 

The year’s end is fast approaching. (Ahhhhh, big exhale!) If you’re like many of us, this time of year can make you feel as if you’ve slogged through the past 12 months; as if you’re about to cross a finish line and collapse on the other side. Especially if you’re someone who’s been job hunting. The end of the year, along with the pressures of the holiday season, holds the potential to be a super-stressful time.

But a new year beckons. (Ahhhhh, big inhale!) Take it all in. As a yogi, you’re well-tuned to the wonder of rebirth and renewal that comes at the end of your practice. A new year brings that same sense of wonder. Job searching can be a real recipe for mental burnout. But just as the new year brings new promise, your yoga practice can help you push through the low periods, the dry spells, and the rejection that often comes with looking for purposeful work.

The year’s end is like savasana, or corpse pose. Release, relax, surrender. The new year that beckons is like fetal position. Curl up, go inside, and prepare for all the good that awaits you.

Job-search burnout holds the potential to bring your self-renewal efforts to a screeching halt. You know better – take your cues from the yogic transition between the release of savasana, to the renewal that comes as you awaken to a higher level of consciousness.

Go inside. The end of a calendar year offers great opportunities to take stock, check out what you’ve achieved so far, and envision what’s next. Developing a meditation practice is one of the best things you can do to work toward dhyana, the seventh of yoga’s eight limbs. In your meditation, set an intention for what you’d like to see happen in your career in the new year.

Prepare for something new. No doubt about it, this time of year can focus our attention like a laser on shedding the old and embracing the new. It’s important not to put too much emphasis on the brand-new calendar year, or to raise unrealistic expectations about what the new year might bring. In your career, strive for a healthy balance between effort, or sthira, and ease, sukha.

Let go of negativity. Isn’t it great to think about the good that awaits you, rather than anticipating the opposite? Protecting yourself from negativity can put you on a direct path toward reaching goals that are significant to you, in your career as well as in your personal life.

Get ready to get happy. Gratitude and happiness go hand-in-glove. What better time to be grateful for all that’s good in your life than the beginning of a new year? One move to consider, career-wise: focus on finding healthy work-life balance. With that goal in mind, you may find yourself shaking off any second-guessing or regrets about your career, and kicking off a year of great new beginnings.


Adrianne Bibby

Adrianne Bibby, a staff writer for FlexJobs, is a former Washington, D.C.-based reporter and editor. A Yoga Alliance-registered yoga teacher, she is on the staff of Fish Tree Yoga in Pensacola, Florida. Read more of Adrianne’s articles at FlexJobs.com.


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