The summer season can be one of the busiest times of the year for the service industry. While working overtime or picking up several extra shifts may be great for your bank account, it may not always be so fantastic for your stress levels. To keep your sanity and stress levels in check as you work through this hectic time of year, here are three beneficial tips to help you survive the season and collect those extra checks.
Make a List and Prioritize
While it may seem like you have a million tasks to complete in between your shifts, making a list and prioritizing is a great strategy to use to make sure all of your most important responsibilities are completed. While you may want to go shopping or binge watch a show on Netflix, you probably need to make sure that you have clean clothes and food at home first. Prioritizing your needs while finding a balance is key to making the most of that time in between your shifts.
Create a social calendar and schedule in time for yourself
While individuals remember to prioritize their physical needs (eating, getting enough sleep, clean clothes, etc), people often forget to consider their social and emotional health. Though they may not be used to organizing an entire calendar (or even a section of their calendar) that is directly devoted to their social lives, planning out your time with others can be helpful. This ensures that you actually make some time for important friends and family. Whether it’s time with people you care about, or even just some down-time with yourself, directly scheduling your social engagements allows you to utilize your free time to its fullest. And that down-time has some serious perks for your health. People often refer to this “down-time” as “practicing self care” and in fact, here are some TedTalks that speak to its importance in our lives’ overall well-being and health.
Remind your Family and Friends
It’s super easy to get serious FOMO (fear of missing out) or feel frustrated when your friends and family members are constantly contacting you to hang out while you’re working to earn extra cash. Giving your friends and family some gentle reminders about your incredibly busy time at work will help them realize what your schedule is like during this season. They may even make the extra effort to help you out or plan social occasions around your busy schedule. Keeping all the important people in your life in the loop is key to helping ease your stress.
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