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Read the handout Managing Stress: How to Achieve Balance and identify one strategy from your own list, or the one provided, that you think would reduce stress for you either at school or at the internship.
How can you avoid letting personal stress have a negative impact on your internship?
Tell interns you don’t want them to get stressed by thinking about stress! There are lots of proven ways to deal and cope with stress.
Point interns to the posted word of the day, balance: to bring into harmony or perspective.
Explain that achieving balance in different aspects of their lives will help alleviate the effects of stress. And fortunately there are many proven ways to relieve stress and achieve balance, some as simple as hanging out with friends or getting some exercise.
The reading of Managing Stress: How to Achieve Balance can be done in a round-robin.
Ask this question and have students write down their responses: How can you avoid letting personal stress have a negative impact on your internship?
Brainstorm with students some techniques to physically relax. Chart a list. Place into pairs and ask each pair to choose one of the techniques: e.g. deep breathing, drawing a picture, writing/ journaling, exercising. Have them take 5-10 minutes to do their chosen technique. Ask students to discuss how they feel now. More relaxed? More alert? Or more stressed about stress?
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