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State Dept. offered employees stress relief courses after Trump win

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For those State Department employees simply unable to cope with President-elect Donald Trump's victory over their former boss, ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the agency reportedly provided stress management classes.

The Foggy Bottom workshops, titled "The Emotional Transition: Managing the Stress of Change," were hosted by the State Department's Bureau of Medical Services on Dec. 8-14, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

"Change is an inevitable part of the human experience," the invitation read. "We can become paralyzed by fear or allow the experience of change to propel us closer to self-actualization."

"Our perspective determines our outcome," it continued. "This seminar is designed to discuss the impact of change; the emotional cycles some people experience when confronted with change, and tools to effectively manage the stress of change."

The one-hour classes were open to all State Department staffers, contractors, interns and employees of the U.S. Agency for International Development, according to the news site, and those interested in attending were given excused absence from their work duties.

Following Trump's upset electoral victory on Nov. 8, the most notable change coming to Foggy Bottom will be the end of a two-term Democratic presidency. State Department employees — like much of Washington, D.C., and President Barack Obama's tearful staffers — were expecting a Clinton White House and continued progressive policies.

Clinton, a Democrat, led the State Department from 2009 to 2013, when John Kerry took over. Former ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who went through confirmation hearings last week, is Trump's pick for secretary of state.

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