How to Have a Life Outside the "Swamp"

Posted on Saturday, Apr 04, 2020

Working in D.C. is intense. Everyone is overqualified, underpaid, and speaks two more languages than you. All your friends work in politics and after work, there is always a reception to attend or political debate to watch. Even if you LOVE politics, it can be overwhelming at times. Here are a few pointers for doing something for you and having a life outside the swamp:
  1. Don’t be afraid to explore D.C. alone. Get comfortable doing things by yourself!
  2. Find a new activity for yourself! I started doing hot yoga at a studio near me, and I absolutely love it. It was hard finding something within budget, but it’s doable if you do your research.
  3. Don’t wait to be invited.  D.C. is the real world, not college. There won’t be always be someone to go with you to an event but you can’t let that stop you from doing things you’re interested in.
  4. Schedule time for yourself. Even if it’s 20 minutes a day, make a point to spend time doing something you like.
Deidre Worth
House Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
Washington, D.C. | spring 2020