EO Members Share 9 Unconventional Actions to Mitigate Stress (Half II)


Stress Consciousness Month in April attracts consideration to the numerous toll stress takes on people, notably entrepreneurs grappling with the calls for of operating a enterprise. For entrepreneurs, the burden of managing and increasing a enterprise typically serves as a firsthand lesson in stress administration. Who higher than our EO neighborhood to supply artistic methods for mitigating the opposed results of stress?

In half one of our sequence, EO members shared their mindset methods to sort out stress head-on.

For half two, we requested EOers to share quirky each day rituals, unconventional actions, or progressive units which have grow to be their go-to stress discount methods to alleviate stress. Right here’s what they shared:

Stress-Relieving Tech

“One instrument that I exploit is Therabody Smartgoggles. The goggles, paired with the app’s numerous meditation and stress-free sounds, decrease my coronary heart price and relieve stress inside minutes. I extremely advocate them to anybody who has a tough time unwinding or must clear your thoughts and relieve a bit of stress.”

Tom Rauen, EO Iowa, founder and CEO, 1-800-Tshirts.com

EMDR Remedy and Sauna Meditation

“My largest problem with stress is once I can’t let issues go, and so they go spherical and spherical in my head. I’ve a number of strategies of combating this.

“I work with a therapist who does Eye Motion Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) remedy, an extensively researched and efficient methodology to beat trauma or PTSD.

“I additionally follow meditation whereas sitting in my house infrared sauna, an reasonably priced and helpful funding. It has Bluetooth, so once I activate the meditation music, it’s like being enveloped in a cocoon of heat and rest. It’s a secure place to let go and go inward — plus added well being advantages!”

Tina Hamilton, EO Philadelphia, founder and CEO, myHR Accomplice

Coach Dory

“The immense strain of constructing a US$100 million firm over 10 years created burnout and nervousness. I wanted extra help, so being a founder, I created it.

“I run the world’s largest neighborhood (10,000+ members) devoted solely to emphasize discount for entrepreneurs: Dory. We’ve a psychological resilience coaching app referred to as Coach Dory, dwell peer teams, and we ship keynotes and workshops all over the world.

“I created Dory as a singular stress-reduction technique to assist me perceive and enhance my psychological state. Coach Dory checks in on me each day and asks me to price myself on seven key elements of my stress response: calm, emotional management, power, private identification, focus, satisfaction, and positivity.

“The app calculates a psychological resilience rating on a 1 to 100 scale, very like my Oura Sleep monitoring ring or the Whoop band offers me a rating about physiological restoration. I exploit the app on daily basis to know and enhance my psychological resilience.”

Aaron Houghton, EO Colorado, founder and CEO, Dory

Leaf Blower Zen

“This time of 12 months may be particularly anxious in my enterprise that makes a speciality of U.S. tax compliance. As stress begins constructing, I change it up with one thing completely low-tech. I seize my leaf blower and make a lap across the yard. No screens, no emails, simply me clearing leaves — and clearing my head. Generally I blast my favourite tracks, generally I absorb the silence. It’s easy, however it works wonders for hitting the reset button.”

Trevor McCandless, EO Puerto Rico, founder and CEO, Fusion CPA

5-Minute Planks

“After I relocated my household and enterprise, life was chaotic, leaving me perpetually pressured. Recognizing the toll on my well being, I needed to get artistic. My technique? Holding plank pose each day for 5 minutes.

“Initially a 30-day problem, I’ve now reached 200 days, and impressed others to hitch me. Seems, planking isn’t only for good abs! The stress-relief advantages are tangible, and the outcomes are quick. By participating the stress corners of the physique — shoulders, neck, and again — you launch rigidity and lighten the bodily burden stress may cause. Efficient planking calls for management and targeted breathwork, immediately calming the nervous system and clearing the thoughts.

“I’ve realized that I can at all times make myself a precedence for 5 minutes a day. This straightforward, no-excuse routine renews my sense of management and makes me really feel like an entire badass whether or not I’m having a very good day or not. Plus, higher abs by no means harm.”

Jess Loseke, EO Nashville, co-founder and CEO, Midwest Barrel Co.

Pratyahara, Dhyana, and Pranayama

“The quickest approach to reverse stress and regain a wholesome state is thru Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dhyana (meditation), and Pranayama (breath management). Beginning with Pranayama particularly to cease stress, makes the quickest dent to go onto the opposite practices. It may be executed anyplace: at your desk, in your automobile, or warming up for train. When you do them in the appropriate mixture, you possibly can get rid of stress in six minutes per day. For an individual in overwhelm or early-stage burnout, it will probably take as much as 12 minutes per day. Every of those practices has a number of functions and should be curated to cease stress and return the nervous system to good well being. Past that, they will additionally set the stage for prime efficiency.”

Kira Leskew, EO Toronto, founder and CEO, Meditation Grasp, The Eagle Institute Ltd.

Unplug with Time in Nature

“I’ve developed the behavior of unplugging and taking time away a minimum of as soon as 1 / 4.

“With our work being 100% distant, I benefit from the identical flexibility that I lengthen to my crew. I’m keen about snowboarding. This season, I spent a month within the mountains engaged on U.S. East Coast time and flexing my calendar to maximise my time on the mountains. I hit my objective of having fun with 20+ days in Utah and received to attend EO Solar Valley and SnowEO occasions on every finish of the journey.”

Warner Moore, EOA Columbus, founder, Gamma Drive

Friendships and “Bits”

“Sustaining robust friendships is by far crucial motion I can take to cope with stress. I even developed software program to assist me sustain with vital folks in my life, utilizing every little thing BUT social media (which I imagine induces stress). Additional, I developed an method referred to as “BITS,” which I consider as one thing lower than a behavior and even lower than “a bit.”  It entails micro-actions that create the particular person I need to be. The better my velocity of bits, the decrease my stress.”

John Cornelsen, EO Fort Price, founder, Juggle

For extra insights and inspiration from as we speak’s main entrepreneurs, try EO on Inc. and extra articles from the EO weblog


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