Burnout Season

If you’re anything like me, finals season can be quickly followed up by burnout season. After the end of a long and taxing semester it’s easy to still feel wound up, stressed out, and overall exhausted. After all, if you’re interning, freelancing, or on an executive board for an organization at your school you know those responsibilities don’t take a break just because classes do. However, it is possible to get a little R&R while still getting your work done. Here are a few tips on how to truly make the most of your time off from school.

  • Have one email free day a week. I know some of you readers who are also in public relations probably just cringed, but one day of being logged out won’t kill you. Email is probably one of the most anxiety-inducing tasks we have to face so stepping away from it one day out of the week could prove to be a huge stress reliever. If something comes up that requires your immediate attention, I’m sure there are alternative methods to get in contact with you.
  • Reward yourself. Just finish a huge project you’ve been putting off until winter break or had a super long day at work? Instead of running home to crash in your bed, take a moment to treat yourself to something you really enjoy. Whether that comes in the form of ice cream, going to the movies with friends, or people watching at a cafe, do something you love. After all, you just spent the past few hours on something you’re not too fond of; it’s only right that you balance it out. Your bed will still be around once you get home.
  • Plan for the future. Okay, I understand this sounds like an odd tip compared to the first two, but if you love what you do this should be exciting for you. We’ve discussed on this blog before how important winter break can be in finding a job. Take the extra time you have to dig a little deeper and uncover what your dream job looks like. Just because you haven’t seen it on a job posting doesn’t mean it’s not out there. Hone in on your passions, find out who doing something similar, and ask them how they got there. If you’re in the right field, this shouldn’t feel like work, rather a learning opportunity.
There are so many ways to balance responsibilities and relaxation; these are just a few. What things work for you? Share your own experiences in the comments below!
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