By Beth Yarzab, CareerFit Mom
As a Career and Fitness Coach, I help women to use mindset techniques and movement to enhance their confidence. How you see yourself will directly influence the results you get. You can never outperform your self-image!
Mindful movement increases and releases your endorphins, allowing you to infuse more happiness into your everyday life.
Visualize your career success while incorporating these four simple exercises into your daily routine. You will see a boost in your confidence which will help you to navigate your career transition!
- Use Your Breath to Create Perspective and Give Thanks:
Studies show that two predictors of higher overall happiness are gratitude and perspective. Get centred through deep breathing. While standing, inhale and open your arms wide and up overhead. Exhale while gently lowering your arms back down to your sides. Try to match the arm movements with your breath.
The deep breathing will make you feel calmer and grounded. Be mindful of the gifts your body gives you while moving through these flowing poses. Say out loud one thing you are really grateful for in your life. Research has proven that practicing gratefulness will significantly improve levels of happiness in as little as one week!
- Jump Around:
Light jumping has amazing benefits for your cardiovascular and bone health. It also creates a happy, burning energy throughout your whole body. You can easily do a few 30-second intervals of mock jump rope at home or get your colleagues in on the fun!
Keep your knees soft and your jumps low. There’s no need to jump high as even coming off the ground a few centimetres is beneficial. Keep your pelvic floor engaged!
- Dance (Like No One’s Watching!):
There’s no better feeling than busting out some hot dance moves to your favourite music. Your heart will sing as you dance around your house. You will also burn calories and entertain your family in the process. My kids always loved watching mommy burning on the dance floor…and now they join in!
- Walk In Nature:
Taking a walk in nature is an incredible method of reducing stress. Brisk walking strengthens your legs and core while increasing your heart rate. Feeling the rhythm of your feet on the ground and letting your mind wander while viewing the natural elements is healthy for your mind, body and spirit.
In Japan, a nature walk is called shinrin-yoku which translates as “forest bathing”. Be inspired by the Japanese and get to a trail to imagine the woods washing over you, creating a sense of calm and serenity. Your mood will drastically improve and you’ll get back to your job search activities with a fresh perspective.
The more you incorporate mindful movement into your day, the more self-aware you will become. The more you understand your self, your thoughts, and your actions, the more confidence you’ll exude.
Don’t let your mind wander into negativity. You are in charge of your thoughts. Your thoughts create your feelings and behaviour. If you want to make a change in your life, you have to see yourself already in possession of what you want. The more you visualize your dream, the more positive energy you’ll have to share with potential employers and key networking contacts.
Positivity and confidence are incredibly attractive in a candidate.
Everything is related. Your mind and body have the power to give you a quantum leap in your personal performance.
Beth Yarzab is a Career and Fitness Coach for moms, at any age or stage.
With a background in Executive Recruitment and Human Resources, Beth reinvented her own career after having twins in 2006. Facilitating a community of women in pursuit of personal growth and professional achievement, Beth works with both individuals and groups of other mothers in career transition.
If you need some professional advice on your resume, LinkedIn profile, networking strategy, job search techniques, re-entering the workforce, or anything else career related, please contact Beth for a complimentary 20-minute phone consultation.
Beth’s business, CareerFit Mom also offers group fitness classes and career inspiration workshops at oaks ‘n acorns in Toronto (1856 Danforth Ave.)