Young Professionals, Take Care Of Yourself Because Nobody Will Do It For You
Start writing a post
Adulting

young Professionals, Take Care of Yourself Because Nobody Will Do It For You

If you can't be yourself, you can't succeed.

14
young Professionals, Take Care of Yourself Because Nobody Will Do It For You
Pixabay

As I enter my final semester of college, I've seen at this point more than ever before how much young professionals are willing to give. All of my classmates are giving up the majority of their free time to pursue internships, attend networking events, and stay up until the early hours of the morning revising their resume or updating their portfolio.

That's all great stuff, and we should all set aside time to make sure our professional image is at it's best. However, we can't let fear, anxiety, and blurred boundaries let us go insane.

Virtually every other person I meet is a workaholic, and while that's great in some aspects, it's unhealthy in others. Having a strong work ethic is important, and making sure you're constantly producing quality work is essential to success, but so is knowing your personal boundaries.

I've met people who say they love when someone comes in for an interview and they describe how they'll do anything for a job and how they're a workaholic. While their drive may be inspiring, this is the first red flag of an unhealthy working lifestyle.

So, fellow young professionals, what kinds of boundaries can we set for ourselves, especially if we're used to the workaholic life?

Set a time to shut off all blue lights and be human again.

That's right, shut the laptop, turn off the cell phones, and decompress. Of course, there will be some days when you're up late working, but let this be the exception, not the norm. Make time to have dinner with your family and be social, as well as have time for yourself. You can't consider yourself a well-rounded person without these things, and people perform their best when they live a well-rounded lifestyle and are happy.

Take care of your body.

Your brain needs sleep in order to function. Yes, you heard me, you can't put out quality work when you're running on 20%. Make sure you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. While that may seem impossible some nights, remember that if you don't take care of your body, it will start to shut down, and then you'll really be out of commission. Unexpected sick days hurt a timeline much more than a planned pushback on a deadline of a day or two.

Keep the phrase "Work-Life Balance" at the front of your mind.

What does this mean to you? Does it mean coming home and having dinner with your family or roommates every night? Does this mean making sure you have time to invest in education to further your skills? Does this mean making time to get involved in activities aside from work such as sports, local interest groups or social groups? A key aspect of having work-life balance is, say it with me, a life. Make sure you have a life because these are supposed to be the best years of the only one you've got. Having success means nothing without people to share it with.

The first few years of jumping into a career are hard. We're all trying to figure out where we fit in this world, and sometimes we're so afraid of it that we sacrifice our entire selves for the chance of success. Remember that when you go to apply for a job, you're benefiting them. You're contributing to their greater goals. You're producing the work that makes them money. If you can't be you, then you can't be successful. Be yourself, be strong, and be balanced.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Robert Bye on Unsplash

I live by New York City and I am so excited for all of the summer adventures.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

The invention of photography

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

115405

The history of photography is the recount of inventions, scientific discoveries and technical improvements that allowed human beings to capture an image on a photosensitive surface for the first time, using light and certain chemical elements that react with it.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

1592951

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

994803
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

912006
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

594307
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

380049
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

496454

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments