Wellness is Wonderfully Wise

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    Nickole Watson
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This whole job search thing moves fast! And, it can be quite exhausting. So, I’ve found it to be highly important to take care of myself and attend to my wellness through this journey. I want to share how I continuously work to uphold my own wellness in various dimensions while looking for a job. There are a variety of dimensions of wellness, including emotional wellness, occupational wellness, physical wellness, and social wellness.

Emotional Wellness

“Emotional wellness includes experiencing and communicating a wide range of feelings, developing skills to cope with challenges, giving and receiving support, learning to trust, and relying on one’s own ability to deal with any situation in a productive manner.” [https://udayton.edu/studev/health_wellness/wellness/about/dimensions.php]

In order to keep my emotional wellness in a healthy place during a job search, I practice:

  • Bullet Journaling
  • Having a gratitude mason jar
  • Taking mindful walks
  • Engaging in deep breathing
  • Going to therapy

Occupational Wellness

“Occupational wellness is the ability to identify your competence, talents, and interests in order to incorporate them into your life’s work. It involves lifelong learning and exploration into other possible career options which provides flexibility and ability to respond to different economic cycles.” [https://udayton.edu/studev/health_wellness/wellness/about/dimensions.php]

In order to keep my occupational wellness in a healthy place during a job search, I practice:

  • Keeping my résumé, cover letter, and reference list updated
  • Reflecting intentional about my strengths and growth areas
  • Engaging in mock interviews
  • Attending job placement-focused events such as TPE Onsite and the ACPA Annual Conference
  • Asking for feedback from my mentors and other professionals in my circles

Physical Wellness

“Physical wellness is the ability to maintain a quality of life that allows us to perform our daily activities with independence and ease. Healthy behaviors serve as fundamentals towards building physical wellness such as exercise, proper nutrition, stress reduction, and adequate sleep.” [https://udayton.edu/studev/health_wellness/wellness/about/dimensions.php]

In order to keep my physical wellness in a healthy place during a job search, I practice:

  • Working out and stretching
  • Learning to cook healthy meals
  • Eating healthy snacks
  • Sleeping eight hours a night
  • Drinking eight glasses of water a day

Social Wellness

“Social wellness includes being able to create and sustain relationships, having the ability to communicate well, and accepting and giving support to others.” [https://udayton.edu/studev/health_wellness/wellness/about/dimensions.php

In order to keep my social wellness in a healthy place during a job search, I practice:

  • Making intentional time in my schedule for my loved ones
  • Supporting others through their job searches
  • Engaging in healthy communication when conflict arises
  • Eating meals with friends and family
  • Bonding and spending time with my staff and Area Council

Wellness is a very personal thing. It could very well be that what I mentioned works for me may not work for you. In addition, there are a number of other dimensions of wellness that are equally imperative to be mindful of during job search. I encourage you to take some time in reflection to think critically about how you, too, can practice wellness during a job search. Good luck and may you have a healthy and positive job search experience!

I want to give a special shout out to my mentor, Sarah Dewitt, for teaching me the importance of wellness through the job search process!

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