Feeling lonely? Frustrated? Need to vent?
Having trouble concentrating??
You're not alone!
Here are some ideas for beating the transcription blues:
1. Socialize. Take the time - you're worth it.
- FACEBOOK: There are plenty of FB pages for MTs. Find one or two you like and introduce yourself! (Hint - If you're shy or private, create a FB alias). Don't know where to start? There are links to other FB pages on the Girlfriends' Guide Facebook Page. Stay up to date - when you click on a page's "Like" button, the page's updates will come through on your home page news feed. You can change your settings at the top right-hand side of the feed.
- FORUMS & GROUPS: Find a forum or two that you like. You can "lurk" or you can be vocal... your choice! Not sure? Try a Girlfriends' Guide YAHOO! Group. (We're friendly!). You may leave the group at any time if you decide it's not for you.
This is important! You could even try to find some other MTs in your area and organize some outings. Try Meetup.com. Get out with friends and family from time to time. See the Lifestyle article "Balance your Squares" for tips on integrating social life into your busy schedule.
2. Get out of the house!
Go for a brisk walk. Take breaks! Stretch! Get some sunshine... if you live in a northern climate, you may wish to consider getting a S.A.D. lamp (bright light therapy) for your office.
3. Keep some "warm fuzzies" where you can find them.
These are compliments, accomplishments, or things that make you feel good (warm and fuzzy!). Did you get praise at work? Did you earn some recognition? Have people said nice things about you? Write this down in a little "blue" book or on your computer. You'd be surprised how effective it can be to read through these things when you're feeling down.
4. Take a break, and treat yourself.
Watch a comedy, go out dancing, book a massage, go for a picnic... Treat yourself as you would treat someone you love!
5. Talk to someone, or journal.
If you're having a rough time, you may even consider a hotline or other support such as a counsellor or a good friend. Try to avoid conversations with those who tend to criticize you, are controlling, or give really bad advice! Find a good listener. You may also enjoy journaling (or blogging!) to get your thoughts out of your head and "out there" somewhere.