13 Tips to Manage Your Summertime On-the-Job Stress


Paradise copyAs we enter the early days of summer, the air begins to get heavy and wet, our co-workers drift off to sandy vacations and time seems to slow down. Stress levels in the office subside.

Or do they?

Of course they don't. We're all aware that this false sense of an endless summer only serves to underline the anxiety and stress inherent in any workplace that is not the Argosy Bookshop in Manhattan. That stress can actually be magnified by the thinning out of your company's workforce in the summer.

To help you through the lonely days of anxiety in the office while your co-workers frolic in snorkel gear, we asked the PR News community to share their tips on how to manage on-the-job stress. Take a deep breath, exhale and read on.

  1. Prioritize your to-do list and then take a walk and come back focused on priority 1—and only priority 1.
  2. Have and keep a full life outside of work. This gives you something else to focus on and be grateful for at the end of the day.
  3. Think solution, not problem.
  4. Chocolate and headphones.
  5. Coffee and music. And more coffee.
  6. Use your lunch time to do something invigorating, like going to the gym or taking a brisk walk.
  7. Remember...how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
  8. Watch Grover in "Smell Like a Monster" and smile.
  9. Exercise, eat healthy food, get enough sleep, get support, don't over-commit, plan regular breaks, prioritize tasks, delegate.
  10. After work, take SoulCycle classes and indulge in bubble baths.
  11. Leave your desk, take a deep breath, get fresh air and smile big for a #PR #selfie and post.
  12. Stress?? What stress? It's #PR. Believe in yourself, and know that in the end you're going to feel so elated after pushing through it.
  13. Make a list of everything you need to do, including time to read @PRNews, coffee and GO!

How are you managing your on-the-job stress?

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Steve Goldstein is editorial director of events for Access Intelligence’s PR News brand, which encompasses premium, how-to content, data and competitive intelligence for public relations professionals; PR News Online; PR News conferences, webinars and awards programs; and PR News guidebooks. Previously at AI Steve was editorial director of min, min ’s b2b and minonline as well as managing editor of CableFAX: The Magazine and CableWorld. Before joining Access Intelligence, he was executive editor of World Screen News, and editor of Film/Tape World, which covered film, television and commercial production in the San Francisco Bay Area.



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