Stress Awareness Day falls on 1 November this year. PR certainly isn’t for the faint-hearted, the heat can rise and stress levels can increase. Here are some ways you can battle work-related stress:
Take breaks and turn off
Turning off can be one of the hardest things in PR. There’s always a story to write, a journalist to speak to and a client to assist. That’s why managing mental health is a big issue in the PR world.
Don’t just push yourself for hours. Stop and take a break.
Get up and go for a walk – you should be walking for up to 20 to 30 minutes per day, so why not try doing this during your lunch break or at short intervals throughout the day
Standing up – whenever you have a chance, get up from your seat. Walk over to your colleagues instead of emailing, pop to the shops or make yourself a cup of tea
Get away from the screen – try writing notes in a notebook, scribble on a whiteboard and jot ideas down on post-it notes
When out of the office, be out of the office – it’s fine to check your emails at a few intervals through the day when you’re at an event or travelling for work, however you should turn off devices when you’re on holiday. Evenings and weekends should be downtime too – if your company requires you to be ‘on-call’ designate times for checking emails and set restrictions for out-of-hours phone calls
Schedule, prioritise and plan ahead
Stressful situations can occur when you are not properly organised.