Working a terrible internship? Not really sure how to deal with the stress and demands? Well, here are a handful of ways to let loose without losing it-- or your internship.
1. Get up and go.
You've been given permission for a break, so take it. You don't have to stay on-site (well, unless your higher-up told you to). Just go for a quick spin. Pick up lunch. No car? No problem. That's where Zipcar can come in.
Join now--especially if this is a long-term, all summer long kind of deal. Or if your internship requires you to travel across state borders. If that's the case, might as well sign up for a membership, which'll travel with you.
2. Write about it.
We've all seen that ridiculous trope where someone writes their boss an angry email with no intention of sending it, but some moron clicks the send button. Then the rest of the episode centers around these friends pulling ridiculous stunts to help the "sender."
Vent about it, but don't risk this sort of situation. Invest in a cheap notebook and scribble your feelings away. It's safer than posting about it on social media (which your boss might be following you on--fair warning!). And obviously safer than an email in your drafts folder.
3. Listen to music.
If you're allowed to work on computers at your internship, invest in a pair of headphones or earbuds. Plug those suckers in and rock out to Pandora Radio as you work. I recommend The Offspring station. There's an anarchist feel to the songs on there. You'll hear Green Day, Three Days Grace, and Blink-182. Perfect for the statement of "enough of the system and the man!" without really saying it aloud. (That station is what got me through election night 2016.)
4. Break it up.
Heavy assignments of work feel super overwhelming. Getting that huge checklist is scary, right? And looking at it is even worse. Instead of looking at the to-do list as a whole, break it up into sections.
Start with the first three items and take a five-minute break to get water or walk around. Once the break's over, start the next three, then break. It makes everything feel more attainable. Besides, our brains can only handle so much work at once. Taking a quick breather can do you some good.
5. Find a support group.
It's hard going home to a family who tells you that you can talk to them about anything, but the moment it's too negative, they don't want to hear it. In that case, call a friend or roommate. Someone who's sympathetic to your situation. Or maybe befriend a fellow intern or employee to vent with.
Be careful with this last one. It sometimes backfires in your face if they rat you out to your supervisor. But also know it's just an internship. It'll be over before you know it.