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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT / 14 December 2016
5 Ways Young Professionals Can Destress + Give Back During the Holidays
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Jon Miller

As a young professional, one of the most stressful times of the year is the dreaded finals week before holiday break. After hours of studying, multiple all-nighters, and a diet of Red Bull + Cheetos while you study, you may be looking for ways to de-stress. While delicious homemade meals and grandma insisting that you need seconds on your plate are great ways to do this, you may still feel like you need to release some stress. How about spreading the holiday cheer throughout your community? Here are 5 ways you can do both. 

1. Volunteer at a local animal shelter. 

Cute animals? Check. Destressing? Check. Helping the workers at the shelter? Check. Nothing beats that. Find a local shelter here

2. Serve a hot meal at a homeless shelter. 

You may not realize it, but there are a LOT of people less fortunate than you... and they could be standing right around the corner. Spending time with them and sharing the holiday kindness at a soup kitchen is an unforgettable experience. 

3. Give time to a State Park. 

If you enjoy relaxing outdoors, why not help make a local state park become even more wonderful? Clean up the woods, help count species, or even participate in a research study! Learn more here.

4. Fight world hunger. 

Don’t want to leave your couch but still want to help the world? Test your vocab knowledge at freerice.com and for every correct answer, you will donate 10 grains of rice. It's a great way to pass the time, help combat world hunger, and increase your vocab skills! 

5. Thank the veterans. 

Give back during the holidays by helping the men and women who defend freedom. Volunteer at your local VA hospital, listen to stories and brighten a veteran’s day. 

Once you’re done cleaning up national parks and helping out the homeless, sit back and learn a skill or two. ProSky offers professional training programs in SEOcodingsales, and other skills that can help you alleviate the stress of finding a job. Have a wonderful holiday season!