Before we get into this, no, eating disorders are not always linked to PR and media. Eating disorders are as varied and complex as the people that have them, but it can be said that there are irrevocable links between PR and certain eating disorders – and this needs to be addressed.
As this week marks another Eating Disorder Awareness Week, I can’t help but think to all the images of the “perfect” body that so many believe they must achieve. Images that are fed to us through constant streams of photoshopped poses and filtered faces. Every day each of us is told that, in one way or another, we need to be fitter, skinnier, more attractive, more like those “perfect” people. And for some of us, that can be dramatically affecting.
There are several ways in which PR plays a part in the creation of eating disorders in young people, and there are things that all of us could do (as PR professionals and human beings) to combat the deadly effects of simple and seemingly harmless actions and reactions in the media and world around us. Continue reading →
Depression in PR can be devastating. There’s no question that working in public relations requires some level of peppy positivity, but when you suffer from depression that can be difficult (a.k.a. near-impossible!).
Feeling demotivated can certainly make working on relationships more difficult than ever, as you struggle to like and promote your own personality, much less anything else! The feeling of listlessness can be overwhelming, which leads to a deeper spiral of misery for yourself and those around you… but don’t worry, this isn’t the end of your career!
Here is a list of three ways in which you could combat depression whilst working in PR (all taken from experience, as you will read): Continue reading →
With the thought of our peers having more money, holidays and fun than us, or our friends getting luckier in love, ever present in our timelines, the pressures of social media are often felt by all of us.
But as adults, we sometimes have the luxury of realising that people only share their highlights online – filtered and edited snapshots of normal lives to make ourselves look and feel good about how others see our worlds.
However, do children and young adults have that thought process?