First meeting of the day, and you’re running late. You look down at your watch and see you only have five minutes to grab breakfast. A drive-thru Starbucks is right off the freeway, so you pick up a coffee and croissant.
You arrive at the office, and the closest parking spot is a block away from your building. You decide to walk, and figure this will count as your exercise for the week.
As you become stuck in meeting after meeting with clients, you forego lunch completely.
The day finally wraps up late in the evening, and you realize you do not have the patience or energy to make dinner. You grab Chinese take-out on the way home.
Public relations practitioners lead stressful, busy lives with clients and customers being their utmost priority. At times, you might forget about yourself, and your hectic world might consume you.
Finding time to physically and emotionally take care of your body is crucial to being successful. Here are a few tips that will help you make yourself a main priority.
1. Pencil yourself in
You need to find time to make time.
Gary Kaplan, founder and medical director of the Kaplan Center, gives his advice on making time for yourself in a busy profession.
“Starting the day right is my first commitment to myself by doing 15–20 minutes of yoga and 20 minutes of meditation before I leave the house. I also schedule free days where I do not allow myself to do anything work-related,” Kaplan wrote.
Try penciling yourself in your schedule to assure the allotted time is indeed spent on you. Include the small things like daily exercise and even doctor appointments to make sure you don’t forget.
Finding that time in the day to completely devote to yourself can make all the difference. If you’re able to keep a detailed schedule that includes yourself, you will find it easier to manage your time and ultimately make yourself a priority.
2. Pay attention to what you eat
Your eating habits play a huge role in self-care. Identify what you’re putting in your body and how it makes you feel.
It’s difficult to consume all the proper nutrients, but meal planning is a great option for those with limited time. If you prepare your meals a week, or even just a day in advance, you have that much more time to care about other things.
According to the Huffington Post, these digital health platforms help combine multiple streams of data and past patient health history to be effective for everyday eating habits. With digital health platforms guiding your calorie intake and tracking your physical activity, you can eliminate stress that would otherwise be created by tracking on your own.
3. Working out before work, after work, and at work.
Being a public relations practitioner, you rarely ever have a full three hours in your day to fit in a good workout. However, you don’t need a lot of time to get in your daily exercise.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends doing 30 minutes of moderately intense daily physical activity for five days a week. If you don’t have 30 consecutive minutes, you could do 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes in the afternoon and 10 minutes at night. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services‘ guidelines call for at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week, “an amount most reasonable on five days a week at duration of 30 minutes.”
I’m sure you can spare 10 minutes of your busy day, but if you can’t find the time at home, do it at work. There are tons of small things you can do from the comfort of your desk to get the blood flowing from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. Greatist gives an extensive list of different “deskercises” you could try at work.
Self-care is not only rewarding for yourself, but also for your clients. Make yourself a priority in a business where you have to take care of others. If you’re able to use this as a guide to better care for your well-being, you’ll ultimately be able to establish better habits for your future as a public relations practitioner. When you keep your grind right, it will make your mind right.
What kinds of methods do you use to better care for yourself while consumed by the constant chaos of public relations?
Born and raised in sunny San Diego, I came fresh out of the womb with my toes in the sand. I was born to a professional shopaholic mother who has helped develop my intense shopping ways and inspired my appreciation for beautiful things. I am so intrigued by the beauty in the diversity of people and places as well.
Now with snow constantly in my boots and bruises from slipping on ice, I am entering my junior year at Brigham Young University surrounded by Utah’s beautiful mountainous scenery. I am majoring in public relations and minoring in management.
I love taking on new projects and trying new things. Since I was a young girl, I would always have a notebook in my hand and a story to tell. I enjoy using storytelling and descriptive writing as an outlet for anything on my mind. I love working with social media as a means of communication. I am amazed by the power it has on the masses and I love using this tool as a positive communication device.