Oh my goodness, where do I start? I’ve got a lot to learn. Here’s 10 video basics that I’ve learnt from doing my first vlog. Continue reading “What I’ve learnt from filming my first vlog”
Find out what advice I have from this year’s speed networking event for students held by the Public Relations department at Southampton Solent University. Continue reading “Meet the Professionals 2018 at Solent University”
The first person to be interviewed for The #StartingOut Series is Laura Downton, a PR Director at Lee Peck Media.
She’s my amazing colleague who absolutely slays at PR. Find out what wise words she has to share with people starting out in public relations. Continue reading “The #StartingOut Series – Laura Downton from Lee Peck Media”
#InternationalGirlsDay and I’m doing a big shout out to all girls and the lovely ladies that influence my life and focusing on a few blog posts I’ve done that focus and support women’s issues. Continue reading “Who runs the world…girls! #InternationalGirlsDay”
@PRBloggers is a new Twitter account created for people in the public relations industry to share and discover PR blog posts, news and events. Continue reading “@PRBloggers – a new Twitter account for people who blog about public relations”
It’s not surprising that juggling a public relations career with all of lifes other demands can sometimes get the better of you.
In 2015 being a PR executive was ranked the 6th most stressful job that someone can have in America according to CareerCast. In the UK the top ten misses PR off and all the jobs listed are front line public sector roles. This is an interesting insight in to our cultural differences and how we perceive stress.
Although PR may not currently be considered as one of the UK’s most stressful jobs, there are many demands on a PR professional that raise those cortisol levels. Two little words will set even the coolest of PR professional’s pulse racing: crisis management!
Every role comes with its own stresses. Stress comes from pressure. Add this to other life stresses and it can easily soon start to take its toll. Even good things like buying a house, relationships, friendships and trying to hit important life milestones can add to stress levels.
It’s obvious that by burning the candle at both ends it’s soon going to have a negative effect and it is also obvious what needs to be done to prevent stress. However, often we ignore the advice we give ourselves, the things we know we should do.
So here’s a little reminder of five key things that are going to dramatically reduce the damage stress can do to our bodies as well as trying to maintain some balance:
- Self support
Make time for yourself. This is always the first thing to go for me. I completely neglect my hobbies, my blog, my hair, listening to music, reading, my skin routine and other important things that look after my wellbeing. Personal and mental wellbeing is so important and after a long time in the dark it is finally becoming a talked about topic in the mental health arena. Realistically this underpins all of the other points in this list, all of them contribute to your general wellbeing and to taking good care of yourself.
There aren’t enough hours in the day. How many times have you thought that this week? In PR we are expected to constantly be switched on and connected. The all knowing and all-seeing client eye! With email and social media at your fingertips it’s hard to put down your phone when you should be winding down for bed. But you must. The blue screen is doing you no favours.
Lack of concentration, headaches and twitchy eye are just a few of the side effect of lack of sleep. Everyone knows a lack of sleep is bad for you, so it’s time to catch some Z’s. Run on all cylinders by trying to get 7-8 hours sleep a day. Everyone’s different, you know the amount of sleep you need so adjust my recommendation accordingly – happy napping!
Even if it’s just a coffee catch up, keep in touch with your friends. When I’m stressed I cut myself off from my friends, so I know how hard this can be. I convince myself they don’t want someone around who’s stressed. In reality good friends are your support network and they will be there for you when the chips are down.
A half hour catch up over a cuppa, a Skype call or date in the future to meet up are ways to touch base when you are short on time. Friends are a great support and distraction, they are the perfect way take yourself out of your situation for a little light relief. They will be happy to listen to you have a good old rant and they will have a few ideas of their own about how to keep the stress monster from the door.
Life is about balance, being with your friends is really good for you and your wellbeing.
It’s easy to drop the ball on getting to the gym, heading out on a run or doing whatever sport you’d normally do when you’re in the office late or working weekends. However, exercise releases all those great happy endorphins and can totally change your mindset. I find I get my greatest ideas and work through all my problems when I’m working out. Afterwards everything becomes clearer and allows me to put it all in perspective. At the moment I’ve definitely dropped the ball on this one, so last night I combined catching up with friends and going to a new trampoline park that’s opened in my city. Not only did I get a full on bounce-based killer work-out but I also got to see my friends. Win!
Scheduling in even a small amount of regular exercise is going to benefit your mind, your body and your immune system.
Ensuring that you eat well will help to combat stress, your diet is unbelievably important. For any dietary advice or for anything medical please go and speak to your Doctor. They study for a really long time and know their stuff and are the best to give you advice if you are struggling physically or mentally.
Although I eat my five a day, I have a hectic lifestyle and a low immune system. So I make sure I take a good multivitamin to help support my body. The fitness rhetoric doesn’t change, eating right, drinking plenty of water and all those other things you read on those aspirational fitness blogs and websites are all important to make your body work right. So make sure you’re fitting in your five fruit and vegetables a day!
These five points aren’t new but they are an important reminder of the key elements to try and keep some work life balance. Now I’m off to bed to try and implement my own advice and balance my busy life!
The battle of keeping up with all the blogs you want to read may have just taken a step closer to being a bit more manageable.
Blog Lovin’ is a new service that curates blogs on topics of your choosing, the bloggers you follow and connects you to potential advertisers and paid blog opportunities. If you are short on time, and let’s face it who isn’t, this a one stop shop for keeping up to date with all your favourite blogs.
The step-by-step process when you sign up guides you through adding your blog to the site. Don’t worry if you can’t find your blog at first. I emailed them and a few days later it was added for me and they sent me a lovely email to let me know!
To connect your blog you need to ‘claim your blog’ which then gives you a code. It then asks you to post a new blog post with that code which allows Blog Lovin’ to recognise your site and display your blog posts.
Once you’ve added your details, added a picture and changed the settings to your liking you are all ready to go. This was a fairly quick set up process for me, it took me about 15 minutes once my site was recognised.
When it connects it lists all your blog posts in a wall that can be clicked on by your followers, under a tab called ‘Everything’. It also shows all your followers and other blogs similar to yours under two separate tabs.
Along the top row are five headings, a bell symbol that lets you know when you have new notifications and a silhouette of a person or your image once you upload one, that takes you to your account menu.My FeedThe blog posts are laid out simply and are really user friendly…
It gives you the option to read it by clicking on the title, save it, share it through social media or email and mark it as read so you can keep an eye on what you have read already.When saving it gives you the option to create a category so you can organise your saved blogs for when you come back to them later. This I find really useful because I don’t always have the time to read things but love to come back to post. Explore
This gives you multiple ways to find new blogs. It gives some popular categories across the top, further categories under more, or you can use the top right hand search function to conduct some manual searches of your own…
This works in a similar way to ‘Explore’ but rather than listing it by topic this is a search function for the person behind the blog.
Activate allows you to instigate the networking side of the Blog Lovin’. By filling out your blog details it will match you to incoming PR and advertising opportunities, some of which are paid in money or gifted items.
This is another great feature of the site, it curates items from blogs and gives you the links or place where you can buy the products. Which instantly answers the ‘Oh my god, I love that, where can I get it?’ question that I usual have when reading blogs that feature amazing products.
It looks like a useful resource to discover new blogs, network, find new blogging opportunities and get more followers. I’m going to trial it for a few months and see if it helps improve followers to my blog. If you like it and create a profile don’t forget to add me too!
Know of any other good blogging sites? If so, please feel free to share in the comments!
Or if you want me to follow you on Blog Lovin’ then again please put your blog link and a message in the comment section.
So, it’s that time. The dissertation deadline is looming and it’s time to conduct some good old primary research! Oh yeah, for those of you not in the know, I’m a Public Relations Masters Student…I really need to write my ‘About Me’ section!
If you could take 5 minutes to help me out that would be fantastic…
Do you like the FIFA World Cup, the Tour De France or the Commonwealth Games?
If so, I would be incredibly grateful if you could fill out one (or more!) of the surveys below for my Masters Dissertation.
Each survey takes approximately 5 minutes (15 questions per survey).
World Cup fans, please fill out this survey:
Tour De France fans, please fill out this survey:
Commonwealth Games fans, please fill out this survey:
A big, huge whopper of a Thank You and an internet high five is coming your way!