If I sound like I’m being a little dramatic, I’m not. I’m speaking from experience. As in this happened to me twenty minutes ago.
All day I have been editing an application for a summer internship, which is really a 250 word paragraph giving a bit of background information and why I think the position would be a good fit for me. Doesn’t sound like a stressful application does it? You’re thinking 250 words is a breeze but in reality writing 250 words is grueling. This small paragraph is going to make or break your chances of getting the job, internship, interview, whatever. You have to show that you’re intelligent, witty, accomplished, a leader, team player, and a hard worker all at the same time. Each word you pick to use says something about who you are, which is why it takes me 20 minutes to write a successful first line. The rest of the lines take a little less time say 15 minutes. Basically, I overthink every word and line I write because the 250-word paragraph is that intimidating—like a mean girl in 7th grade who glares at you as you pass each other in the hall.
You sit and try to just write without a care, let you stream of conscious take over but your fingertip has no hesitations with the delete button. Once you finally have a solid paragraph you decide to read it over and then you decide it needs to be re-written because you definitely sound like a leader but not enough like a team player and you describe all of your skills extremely well but the part about why you’re a good fit is static. Okay now you’ve really nailed it after that last edit. You send it to a friend to make sure you didn’t overlook any grammatical errors. When she sends it back to you you’re 250 word paragraph is now highlighted with mistakes and large, bold question marks are after every other period because she cant seem to understand what you’re talking about.
You slam your laptop shut. Ignore your friend’s texts asking if you received her comments and feel your cheeks getting hotter and hotter. You need a break before you have a complete mental breakdown. But the thing is, you probably should have taken a break earlier to avoid this situation.
5 Things to Do While Taking a Break:
- Grab a cup of coffee or tea and gossip with a friend. You usually hate surrounding yourself with drama but you’d be surprised how cathartic whispering “nuh uh” and “oh my gd” is.
- Hit the gym and rep it out. Sweating will never have felt this good.
- Take a hot shower or bath while listening to happy music. Don’t forget the music part or you’ll find yourself thinking again.
- Do your dishes. You’ll be too angry about not being able to scrub off the leftover marinara sauce to think about anything else.
- Go for a walk and get some fresh air, preferably with a dog that’ll make you all smiles.
5 Signs That You Should Have Taken a Break Earlier:
- When you find yourself rubbing your temples with your eyes closed.
- When you can’t stop scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
- When you feel your eyes getting tired.
- When you find yourself staring off into space for longer than 5 minutes.
- When you begin to type aggressively. When this happens you’re typing will get noticeably louder and slower because you’re actively looking at the keyboard while you type, tapping the keys as hard as you can.