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Relax, Breathe and Let Go of the Baggage

Posted by [email protected] on August 8, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Teens, recent graduates, re-entry professionals, novices, older workers, veterans, and even disabled individuals are all competing in the current job market for employment. We have five generations in the workforce today. Job searching and job security for some can be very stressful. You find yourself seeking out, as many avenues that you feel will give you an advantage into obtaining employment. You begin to get anxious about the possibilities of ever finding that perfect employment because months or even years have passed by without any successful outcomes. What more can you do?

Relax, exhale and breathe. Let go of your bags of doubt. Relax your mind and body from the tension that you have built up due to the stress of job searching. Why do I suggest relaxing the mind and body? In order to seek and have a good focus on any goal, you have to be relaxed. Let go of all the baggage that is weighing you down and preventing you from moving forward. Free your mind of all the negativity; so that your mind is open to new experiences, ideas and knowledge. When your body is not in the defense mode from stress, you allow yourself to feel light-exhale. Light-heartedness lends to being focused. Can you truly maintain your focus if you are not relaxed but instead always stressed?

Recently, a good friend gave me this same advice and I realized after our long conversation that I had not allowed myself the opportunity to trust, relax, and motivate my mind and body, which was hindering my focus. I had been so engrossed in what I believe I needed to do to be successful that I was the culprit of my own stress and baggage.

Once you are in the relaxed mode; you are now able to breath. Breathe steady even breaths. Breathe in the good air of positive thoughts. Relaxing the torso and diaphragm leads to a relaxed body. We take for granted what breathing does for our mind and bodies. Recall how you feel when you workout. The more you breath steady even breaths, the better the workout begins to be for you. You are now able to focus and concentrate on your goal. Your mind is open to working out more often and for longer periods of time. What have you accomplished? The art of breathing! So today, let go of the baggage. Relax, exhale and breathe. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who will keep you accountable of your goals. Your focus for finding employment will be easier to bear now that you are not weighted down. 

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