Putting Your Wellbeing at the Heart of Your Job Hunt

It’s easy to feel stressed out, overwhelmed and let’s face it a bit rejected while job hunting. So, seeing as we’re getting close to Christmas, the deepest, darkest time of year, why not give your job search a cosy make-over hygge style?

Not heard of hygge? Where have you been!

According to tourist site Visit Denmark:

“Hard to explain and even harder to pronounce, the Danish word ‘hygge’ (pronounced ‘hooga’) translates roughly to ‘cosiness’.”

But that’s just the tip of the bobble hat:

Meik Wiking CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and author of The Little Book of Hygge says:

“It’s more than cosy and I’ve spent a book translating it. It’s the art of creating intimacy – cocoa by candlelight. But perhaps what hygge is really about is trying to achieve everyday happiness.”

And, seeing as the Danes are renowned for topping happiness polls they probably know what they’re talking about.

So how to go about hygge-proofing your job search?

1. Start with porridge

Warm and cosy porridge brimming with childhood memories and health benefits is the archetypal hygge dish.

Popular all times of the day and featuring a range of sweet and savoury ingredients porridge is the the Danes’ go-to comfort food. Get some inspiration at porridge sensation 26 Grains.

Plus studies show that eating whole grains, like oats, can help prevent a whole host of diseases. While breakfast can set you up for the day ahead. So dig in!

2. Dress to impress (yourself)

Slogging over a lonely laptop in tracksuits or PJs? Think you’re already hygge? Think again!

Key to hygge is feeling good. If your cosy clothes make you feel and look washed up, it’s time to upgrade.

Whether you choose comfy track pants, a cuddly cardigan or snuggly slippers relaxing loungewear is key to your hygge job hunt. Tweet: Relaxing loungewear is key to your hygge job hunt. #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ

3. Create job hunting space

Lower the job hunt dreads by creating a kind of sanctuary for yourself. Whether it’s whole spaces or little nooks it doesn’t matter, what does matter is making a place which is welcoming and relaxing.

When it comes to job hunting keeping everything organised – on your laptop and your tabletop – will help your mood.

Get some job hunt stationery or pin up some quotes to uplift and inspire – try Swedish-style stationery brand Kikki.K for some ideas. Tweet: Get some job hunt stationery or pin up some quotes to uplift and inspire. https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK
As Danish Life Designer Lena Bensten says: “When we react to our surrounding with care, we also care for ourselves. We are a reflection of our surroundings and if we do not care for them, it has a negative effect on us.”

4. Work by lamplight

And, once we’ve gotten organised comes the all important lighting. We’ve all sat under the soul-sapping glare of a strip light, so maybe that’s why the Danes are so pro candlelight.

The key is to focus on smaller pools of light – thinking cosy v. interrogation. For starters, go job hunt hygge with a desk lamp – it’ll help you concentrate and see what you’re doing better too.

5. Make a nature table

While hygge might sound a little bit like hibernating, in fact it also embraces the outdoors.

Bring natural elements into the home to enjoy. These might be pine cones or holly branches you’ve collected, or simply a lovely plant you’ve bought.

What’s more, research has found that placing a plant on your desk can boost your productivity by almost a fifth! Tweet: Research has found that placing a plant on your desk can boost your productivity! https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK

6. Get out more

Don’t be tempted to spend every hour available on your job hunt. Remember to get some fresh air. Tweet: Don’t spend every hour available on your job hunt. Remember to get some fresh air https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK
​Whether you chose to run some errands, read a good book in the park, or meet a friend for a walk, wrap up and get out!

7. Create a comforting playlist

Creating a playlist can help set the mood – whether you’re job hunting at home or in a cafe or library. Tweet: Creating a playlist can help set the mood – whether you’re job hunting at home or in a cafe https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK
​However, we’re not talking fist pump inducing tunes. To get more hygge-with it you’ve got to think – yes, you’ve guessed it – warm and comforting.

While there are some hygge playlist recommendations online we reckon warm and comforting will mean different things to different people – one person’s Bing Crosby might be another’s nightmare…

8. Be sociable

Whether you’re in between jobs or job hunting in your evenings and weekends there’s no doubt it can be a lonely and isolating experience.

Although you might feel anxious or determined to find a new job it’s important to make time to see friends and loved ones.

Deep relationships have an enormous impact on our psychological wellbeing, as well as being an important component of hygge, which values the familiar and well known.

Meet friends in your favourite cafe, arrange to go for a walk in the park with a supportive loved one, or go the whole hygge and invite some people round for a homemade dinner – it’ll raise your spirits.

9. Be kind

If rejections are stacking up, or, even worse, no-one replies to your applications at all it can be easy to be self critical. Tweet: If rejections are stacking up it can be easy to be self critical. https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK
​But, if you’ve got a great CV check out our CV advice here and you’re spreading your search wisely by using jobs boards and agencies, like Angel, as well as networking, then often it’s simply a numbers game.

Don’t be tempted to beat yourself up about it – that’s not hygge at all! Now’s the time to be kind to yourself. In fact Dr Mark Williamson, Director of Action for Happiness says:

“Research shows that people who are able to be kind to themselves rather than harshly self-critical tend to have better mental health and higher life satisfaction. …[A]nd allowing ourselves some hygge time to boost our own wellbeing leaves us better placed to contribute and help others.”

10. Wind down with a cup of…

While you might be gasping for a glass of wine or two by the end of a hard day’s job hunting maybe you could try a cosy cup of cocoa instead.

If you thought cocoa was just for grannies then think again. Cocoa contains high amounts of micronutrients known as polyphenols that have been found to promote healthy brain ageing and help reduce the risk of heart disease.

So, cocoa (candlelight optional) is the perfect way to round off your hygge job hunt day! Tweet: So, cocoa (candlelight optional) is the perfect way to round off your hygge job hunt day! https://goo.gl/tZHPFZ #AngleView @Angel_HR_UK

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