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November 2017 President’s Message by Sabrina Kidwai

November 13, 2017

Dear PRSA Members:

As we gear up for Thanksgiving and the holiday season, it will be a busy time in the office and preparing for the holidays. Although we might be stressed out the next several weeks, it’s important for us to take time for self-care.

On November 4, I took part in our Mid-Atlantic Quick Start event, which brought together PRSA chapters from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware. For our opening keynote speaker, Stefanie Reeves, executive director for the ‎Maryland Psychological Association, talked about relationships with volunteers and your board. One thing she stressed was self-care for yourself, the board and volunteers. It’s critical to take time and rest because you need to be the best version of you.

As I balance being president, my job, and other responsibilities, I need to remind myself to take time for myself and encourage the board and volunteers to do the same. We all have different roles and responsibilities, and it’s important for all of us to find time to recharge.

At the end of August, I took a two week vacation to Europe and left work completely behind. I came back refreshed and ready to work. When was the last time you completely disconnected from work? As communication professionals, it’s hard for us to step away, but it will make us better professionals when we do.

For the past few years, I try to disconnect from technology for 24 hours. I stay off social media, my iPad, television, and my cell phone. If someone calls, I’ll answer it, but I try not to use it. When I step away, I find that I’m more productive, feel refreshed, and have extra time to get my to-do list done.

How do you recharge? I would love to hear your suggestions. Send me an email or a tweet on Twitter (@packersgirl).

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
Sabrina Kidwai