For me, that meant…literally. Yoga twice a week after work has been my saving grace during the past couple weeks.
There is a common theme among many of the posts on this page. Words such as “stress,” “anxiety” and “pressure” are reoccurring keywords I often see as we blog about our internship experiences. People have shared a number of awesome tips for dealing with these issues at work. For me, a huge part of dealing with workplace stress has been finding a balance in my life as a whole – both in and outside of work.
Stress can manifest itself in many different ways. When I began my internship, I noticed a very physical reaction in my own response to stress at work – I would come home with back pain and tense shoulders from the way I carried stress and anxiety in my body during a long workday. What’s more, I would get off work and be so exhausted that I didn’t want to do anything but sleep. I have always been a very active person, and sitting at a desk all day made me really uncomfortable and unhappy.
After several weeks, I realized that I had two choices: continue to be restless and endure the physical side effects of work-related stress, or do something about it. I bought a two-month membership to a gym near my office and made a commitment to go every day. The results have been so noticeable: it gives me energy and puts me in a good mood after work and allows me to work out any physical tension in my body from sitting at a desk all day. I’m even sleeping better at night.
This isn’t to say that everyone has to go to the gym every day after work, but it is my recommendation to go out of your way to do things that make you happy during the workweek. That could be walking your dog, making more time for friends or reading a book. We are all learning so much and growing as professionals through our internships- I think it’s important to make sure we’re learning about how to live a balanced life as we enter the professional world as well, both in and outside of the office.