Stress can cause health issues of various shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, many find the job search only adds to their current stressors — or becomes the most stressful.
In fact, Hired’s The Opportunity Index found a majority of job seekers perceive looking for a job as more stressful than something notoriously painful, like a root canal.
Whether you currently have a job and are looking for a new opportunity or this is your first medical job search, it can prove overwhelming. The most important factor for staying motivated in your search is taking care of yourself — both mentally and physically.
Not focusing on your well-being could result in becoming your own worst enemy during the job search process. So, here are four apps that will keep you healthy during your job search:
Stress during the medical job search can play a multitude of tricks on your mind. It’s amazing how stress can negatively affect your body without you even knowing what’s happening.
That’s why we suggest downloading Pacifica, a mood-tracking, goal-setting diary, which also provides unique relaxation techniques. Along with a supportive virtual community, these daily tools help manage stress and anxiety based on cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation.
Combining relaxation and wellness, Pacifica distills simple tips and tricks into quick, daily activities and provides a way for you to keep track of your progress as you develop and overcome your stressors.
The app is available on iOS, Android, and the web, so you can practice relaxing even when you’re on the road. It’s subscription fees are only $5.00 per month or a discounted yearly charge of $35.99.
One of the most common symptoms of stress is insomnia or other sleep issues. Insomnia is often caused by a disease called, “too much thinking.”
The job search is the perfect time for “too much thinking” to creep in and disrupt your sleep rhythms. Questions like, “Is there something more I could have done to my resume?” or “Should I have answered with a different story during my interview?” can easily consume our thoughts, making it impossible to find rest.
With Pzizz, available for free or with an in-app upgrade on iOS and Android, you’ll be able to shut off your brain, calm the mind, and induce sleep.
Pzizz accomplishes this using the science of psychoacoustics. Their patented system plays you a sleep-optimized mix of music, voiceover, and sound effects that quickly quiet your mind, put you to sleep, keep you asleep, and wake you up feeling refreshed and ready for interviews.
An overload of stress doesn’t only interfere with our mental state, it can also negatively affect our physical health. Coincidentally, poor physical health is harmful to our mental health. That’s why, no matter how busy your medical job search has you, it’s important to focus on your body as a whole.
Thanks to free apps like 7 Minute Workout, you don’t need to find time to drive to the gym, wait for equipment, and spend an hour on machines you don’t know how to use. Whether using iOS or Android, it’s easy to jump up from your desk, take a quick break, and work up a sweat.
While seven minutes may not be a major breakthrough in weight loss, any movement where you break a sweat is good for both physical and mental health. With 72 exercises and 22 additional workouts that can be customized and modified to create more than 1,000 variations, you’ll have no excuse to stop feeling motivated and moving.
Whether you’re on the road and feel you have little time to make healthy food choices during your job search or are just naturally a stress eater, poor food choices only decrease your motivational mindset during the job search.
Available for free on iOS, Android, and the web, My Fitness Pal is a calorie-counting, food-habit-tracking machine. The great news for busy medical sales pros like yourself is that the system learns from you. Over time, the app remembers what you’ve eaten and the exercises you’ve done most often in the past, making it easier to add those foods into your log again.
No matter how you’re handling stress during your medical job search, ignoring it or not being proactive could result in an overwhelming amount of stress. Every single one of these apps may not be for you, so it’s important to decide where your pain points are and what will help you most through this exciting, but challenging time.