My only tip for this summer, in the midst of internships, volunteer opportunities, and shifts at your retail position, is to relax. It’s a word that is often spoken in passing amongst PR professionals and students, but rarely does it get much further than that. Summer break is supposed to be just that, a break. However, it seems that myself and other PRowl staff members have been busier than ever since the semester ended. While internships and other opportunities that help us gain experience and build networks in our field are extremely beneficial, they will do us absolutely no good if we are stretched to the point where no one is getting our very best work.
Taking a scheduled moment to step away from our many responsibilities is good for your health, in fact. Studies have shown that overworking can be linked to elevated blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Do any of these sound familiar? If so, stop moving! Pick a block of time in your schedule that isn’t filled with a prior commitment, give your supervisor notice in advance, and stop moving. Take that time to travel (even if it’s just to an unfamiliar neighborhood where you live), go to a museum, catch a movie, or simply take a nap. You’ll find yourself rejuvenated and full of fresh, new ideas that you can bring back to work.
I understand that it can be difficult for people in PR to “turn off.” However, taking time to relax is the key to improving the quality of your work and the quality of your life.
What are some of your favorite ways to take a break from our 24/7 profession? We would love to know!