This week has been a weird one, for sure. Somewhere between work, school, writing for The State Hornet and interning at KCRA, I picked up a nasty cold. So the learning point of this week has been self-care.
When the semester started I decided to go 13 days without a day off. On top of that I was going on about 4 hours of sleep each night. I figured out that doesn’t quite work when you want, and need, to be at the top of your game.
I fought hard this week to not miss a day of anything, be it work, school or one of my internships, but in the end I realized I was just making myself worse. So, I put on my big-girl pants and called in sick to my internship Saturday morning to catch up on some zzz’s and nock out my cold. I can say, as I write this Sunday night I feel back to about 90%.
Self-care. The idea of taking care of yourself so you don’t crash and burn, or in my case get a nasty cold.
In journalism, you are constantly meeting new people. It could be for an interview or even networking, but I can tell you no one will want to shake your hand when you are sniffling or coughing up a lung. Learning point: Take care of yourself before you get to this point.
In my internships and other connections everyone has told me to be prepared. Be prepared to interview the president if the call comes. So, I am going to apply this to other things. Be prepared to be on a live shot all day, so pack a healthy lunch to take with you. Be prepared to get enough sleep by planning time to work on stories and other assignments.
I am prepared to be at the top of my game this week. I have some exciting stories I am covering for the hornet and I can’t wait to get back to writing and producing stuff at KCRA.
On a side note (kind of), I had some of my stories published in the past couple issues of The State Hornet, so if you would like to check those out click HERE.