PR PRowess: Just Trying to Ease the Tension

After going on a lovely trip this weekend I was not feeling coming into the office and getting work done. When I began to feel pain in my head and shoulders, I wanted to nip whatever was coming my way in the bud so I quickly went to City MD and got checked out.  For the first time EVER, I was diagnosed with tension headaches.

It’s a known fact PR girls and guys have stressful jobs, but I never thought I would have a medical issue because of it. Since the doctor has called attention to it, I do have to be honest and say I haven’t been feeling like myself for a couple weeks now. Maybe this tension headache is just what I needed to get back on my feet.



Before you let your stress get the best of you, here are some ways you can make sure you’re easing the tension in the workplace:

Always inject the positive – Even in a dire situation. Sometimes you don’t even know that you’re in a negative situation until someone looks like they’re about to break down and cry. If you notice a lot of negative words in a meeting with a colleague (“no,” “i told you so,” “I hate this,” “difficult,” “more work,”), try to throw in some words of encouragement as well

Check your posture – No need to do downward dog at the desk, but check your shoulders and where your head is. You may be putting more tension on your neck than you realize. If you’re a student… working from your bed might sound comfy, but it could lead to back pain. Usually a straight chair (or even standing!) is best

Keep cozy – I try to have at least two cups of tea a day to keep my head on right. If you have a favorite scarf or sweater, keep it at your desk. I had colleagues who put slippers on in their cubicle. Do what makes you feel at home

Make time for you – Even if it means a little less sleep in the morning, I always prefer starting my day with something for me (whether it’s running a personal errand or running on the treadmill). Work feels a lot less like your entire day if you take some time for you


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