A long, long time ago, the grass was still green and the skies were still blue. Studying just meant sleeping in and chilling and you had no idea what it would be like to do an internship. Well now you know, and you wish you never did. And although internships can be hard, especially in the beginning, here are some tips on how to get through your internship period.
1. Don’t stay up too late
This one might almost seem too obvious, but it is crucial! For you to wake up early every day of the week and drag yourself into the office, you must have had a good night sleep. So don’t stay up until midnight watching all those Netflix series – we know it’s tempting, but try to at least get 8 hours of sleep a night. Not only will it be a lot easier to wake up in the morning, but you will also feel better during the day. Sleep deprivation can cause a lack of concentration and headaches,but, in the worst-case scenario, it can lead to obesity, hallucinations and depression. So, don’t take sleep lightly, and hit the sack early!
2. Coffee is your friend, but don’t overdo it
Speaking of concentration issues and tiredness, coffee may seem like an easy fix after a short night’s sleep. But mind you, although coffee will temporarily make you feel more awake and focused, too much caffeine is actually bad for you! It is advised to only have up to 400 milligrams of caffeine a day, which is the equivalent of roughly four cups of coffee. You can safely enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning and one after lunch, just don’t keep running to the coffee corner all day long 😉 Instead, have some tea or water!
3. Prepare yourself!
As with a lot of difficult things, preparation is key! Waking up 5 minutes before you need to leave your house will cause you lots of stress in the morning, and you will probably be late more than once. To avoid stressing out in the morning, wake up in time. Also, try to prepare everything you can the night before. Make your sandwiches, pack your bag and maybe even lay down your clothes for the next day, so that when you wake up, you’re almost good to go!
4. Relaxation is vital
Everyone who has ever done an internship knows that it is a lot of hard work and might cause you quite some stress. It is therefore super important to make sure you get the relaxation you need! Don’t crowd your agenda every night with parties, dinners and other activities – instead, also plan nights off. Chill, read a book or do whatever you do to clear your mind and rest. Try to avoid computer or tv screens, because blue-light emitting devices have a negative effect on your sleep! And after all, no one can go without their beauty sleep.
5. Learn as much as you can
The internship-filled weeks and months ahead may seem endless, but believe me when I say that time flies and it will be over before you know it. Internships might be tiring and hard work, but they are also the perfect opportunity to get to know the workplace and your chosen profession. Instead of slacking off, try to learn as much as you can every day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, because that’s the only way you can learn new things.
Hopefully these tips will help you to make the most of your internship and learn as much as you can. What are your survival tips for fellow interns? Leave a comment below!