Stress & Relieving It

Today’s world is moving faster and working harder than ever and we are often expected to go beyond the job description. Burnout is higher, contributing to more employee turnover and more recruiting needs. Recruiting teams have an extremely difficult job of trying to attract top talent with little resources in a wildly competitive job market. Furthermore, expectations increase as business needs grow. Stress is plaguing the mental health of our recruiting teams more than ever.

Here are some simple 5 minutes-a-day lifestyle changes that can keep that stress away long-term:

1. Quick Meditation

The Now, Not The Future, Not The Past

What, Why?

Meditation is one of the most recommended lifestyle changes someone can make to deal with stress, anxiety, depression, confidence issues, etc. This ancient practice can ease your wandering mind. The main goal is to train your brain to come back to the present, the now. Our lives are busy, filled with constant distraction. Even a quick 5 min daily morning meditation resets my mind before the distractions start overwhelming me.

There is a major problem with being recommended to meditate: there are so many ways to practice it. Most beginners feel intimidated by a long-time practitioner’s methods. Some common misconceptions:

NO, you don’t have to sit still and upright in a lotus pose for hours.

NO, you don’t need to think about nothing.

NO, you don’t need to chant the same word 1,000,000 times.

Before meditation really stuck with me, I had the same misconceptions. What I realized is that we all meditate without realizing it: whether that’s a few deep breaths, going for a walk, or even listening to music and letting our mind free.

How-To

Personally, I use a free app called InsightTimer, but any guided meditation app will do.

  1. Pick a guided meditation of a desired focus (lately stress or self-compassion) and length (usually 5-10 mins).
  2. Put your headphones on during your morning commute (walking to work, standing on the train, etc)  
  3. Listen. Don’t force any thought, just listen and see what may happen. This simple daily mind-exercise reminds me that my thoughts are fleeting and that NOTHING is more important than this very second of life.

2. Quick Journaling

Reflect On Your Successes, Acknowledge Your Weaknesses, Move On

What, Why?

The goals of this style of journaling are to relieve your mind from the daily clutter so you can leave work at work, and then comeback the next day to reflect.

The act of journaling doesn’t have to be so formal. You don’t have to write a daily narrative in the first-person. You also don’t have to draw elaborate cover pages and agenda templates like the bullet journaling community. A simple word will suffice.

How-To

At the end of every day, I quickly write down what I accomplished and what I would like to improve on. This is usually just in list format. Then, I close the notebook. The next morning after my quick meditation, I look at yesterday’s page. I look at my improvements section first to help set micro goals for the day/week. Then, I look at my accomplishments as a reminder to myself as I have a tendency to forget about the good that I do. Then, I close the notebook.

At the end of the day, there’s always going to be stress in your life if you don’t have the right tools to complete your job. There’s 1 tool that every recruiting team must have in order to manage stress: an Interview Logistics Platform. Read more here.

About the Author:

Stefano is an Engineering Manager at GoodTime!

After work, Stefano loves to spend time with his wife, baby, dog, and 2 cats. Then, he will most likely be neglecting his sleep by producing music or working on other creative pursuits.