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Whether it is your first day on the job or your three weeks in, you probably need to decompress, relax and clear your head. Summer internships can be demanding and stressful and it’s okay to need a little release at the end of the day. Everyone has a different way they choose to reduce or relieve their stress, but when you are in a new place or overwhelmed with your workload, you don’t always know how to get out of that funk.


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Here are some ways we decompress:

Happy Hour:

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Join your co-workers for a cocktail to “take the edge off” or meet up with friends outside of work to get away from the work scene

Comfort Food:

If you’re foodies like we are, you believe that food can be the perfect stress reliever; perhaps some baked goods are in order, or maybe you like to cook for yourself… try a bakery on the way home or making your favorite recipe (it’s okay to have a cheat day). Or put a healthy twist on the idea of comfort food and create a snack with fruits and veggies that will be just as nutritious as it is delicious. For some ideas see Healthy Alternatives to Our Favorite Snacks and Healthy Late Night Snacks.

A Walk in the Park:

Go to a park nearby and take a leisurely stroll or get some exercise in and go for a jog. This will help you clear your mind, get some fresh air if you’ve been in an office all day and increase your endorphins. If you’re exhausted, bring a book or headphones and sit on a bench or under a tree and relax–music is always a good way to sooth your mood and your mind.

Book Stores:

Some bookstores like Barnes & Noble are always air conditioned, so during your walk home it might be a nice place to cool and peruse the latest Oprah Book Club pick or read the backs of the all the books you’ve heard of but you’re probably not going to actually read.

Coffee Shops:


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Get an iced tea and your current read and sit in a coffee shop and forget the struggles of work and go into the world of your book or call your best friend across the country for a catch up gossip session.


See a Movie:

Going to the movie theater or watching a movie at home can be good ways to get out of your own head and relax your body and your mind. It will give you a chance to put down your phone as well, which can be a source of stress and anxiety.

What do you do to reduce stress after work?

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