Subject: What to do when interning becomes your entire life?
Sometimes I feel like all I do is wake up, go to work, and go home. I am not going to lie it makes my life feel pretty dull at times.
Recently I decided that the only reason this is a thing is that I’ve allowed it to be. Having a life outside of work is extremely important and will especially reflect in your in work attitude.
I should say I am 100% not a morning person, yes that means I set my alarm for as late as I can. I really hate mornings. But if I did put a bit more effort in waking up, at least an hour earlier, I would be able to make myself a proper breakfast, perhaps stop for a smoothie or some tea on my way to work, hey I could even go for a nice pre-work workout. Do productive things that truly will give my day a good start.
Evenings, on the other hand, are definitely my opportunity to make the most of my days. I spend about 9 hours sitting at a desk so my absolute favorite after work activity has to be, without a doubt, yoga. I try to do yoga at least twice or three times a week, right after work. It really helps me declutter my mind and draw a clear visible line between work hours and out of work hours all the meanwhile getting a proper stretch.
Another great way to enjoy your life around interning is to start to attend as many after-work events as you can. Whether that is campus events, networking events, clubs, learning an instrument or taking a dance class. There are so many different things you can do to truly disconnect from your interning work.
Luckily living in NYC there is an event going on almost every night, from book clubs to panels, there are so many events after work that I have started to attend. Not only is this a great opportunity to meet people it also makes me feel so much better than simply going home and doing nothing (aka. Watching Netflix till 12 am).
So if you’re feeling a bit in a rut and like your internship is taking over your life, then take some time to think of yourself and what can actually fix that. Whether you’re a morning person or an evening person, or even better both type, take advantage of the free time you have. Go for a run in the morning, take a work out class after work, look out for events that may be of your interest, make plans with friends to have dinner or drinks.
It can be easy to let interning consume you but you must remember that to be successful in the workplace you need to have a life outside of interning. It’s important to find the perfect balance to work and social life, don’t let your days become just work go out there and make work just a small part of your day!