6 ways (plus a few more) to stay positive in PR

If you’re feeling fed up or dispirited with your work, try these tactics to change your attitude.

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This article originally ran on PR Daily in February, 2015. PR can be a tough game at times. Stress, rejection and challenging situations are something pros face daily. Even the most resolute optimist could struggle to keep her or his chin up. It’s vital for pros stay positive, not only for clients and pitches, but for their own sanity.

Over the years I have come up with a few ways that help me to stay positive. Here’s what I do:

1. Go to 750 Words.

This website is amazing, and I have been using it for years now. When I am feeling overwhelmed, strained, and like my brain is about to explode, I use it to offload. I usually try and do it first thing in the morning, but any time is a good time to unburden. The site enables the user to create a private account. No one sees what you write. You’re given free rein to write whatever comes to mind for 750 words (which it counts for you). You’re encouraged not to think too much. Just write. I have had some really great ideas come to mind when writing on 750 Words. If you feel icky about writing your personal thoughts and feelings online, which some do, a good old fashioned notebook and pen works just as well. Do one page of writing, which will be about the same word count.

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