Tips on How to Manage Your Stress

Have you ever noticed how some people look stressed all the time? In fact, these same people often get stressed BECAUSE they have nothing to stress about. Problem is, many of these folks believe that the appearance of stress is a signal to others that they are super busy. But in reality, it is only a sign to others that they are STRESSED.

Think of some of the great leaders in history like Winston Churchill. One of the greatest assets he possessed while bombs were being littered on his country was the ability to stay calm under pressure. And think of great athletes like Phil Mickelson, Roger Federer or LeBron James.. There is a calmness in top performers that becomes even more apparent when situations become difficult. While everybody around them is showing the pressure, they show control. And that control is what makes others want to follow them.

So this week, when the heat is on, don’t let anybody know it. Focus on the objective calmly, knowing people around you are watching how you handle it. And when they see you at your best, while others are feeling the heat, you will become the type of leader that others turn to when they need a top performer.

If you are that person who breaks a sweat while putting away your change at the grocery store, here are a few tips on how to stay calm while managing your stress:

  1. Take a quick break from what is causing your stress. 
    • If what you are doing is what is causing you stress, take a few minutes to yourself – get up and take a walk around the office, spend a few minutes outside or do something that will change your focus for a short period of time.  You might be able to return less overwhelmed with what you’re doing and have a new perspective to complete the task at hand.
  2. Get More Sleep.
    • Well-rested people are usually less stressed!  Many times when you are stressed, your body requires more sleep so getting the recommend 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night is ideal.  This designated time is so important for your body and mind to rest and recharge.
  3. Build time into your schedule for regular physical activity.
    • One of the best ways to de-stress, clear your mind and improve your mood is by getting physical activity.  Try to get moving for the suggested 30 minutes a day and the results will be immediate.  The more you do this, the better you will feel!
  4. Make time for the things that make you happy.
    • Make sure you are incorporating enough “Me” time into your busy schedule and taking care of yourself.  Doing more of what you love will do wonders for your mood and relieving your stress.


As president of PRECISE Selling, Brian Sullivan helps improve sales, customer service, negotiations, leadership, and presentation skills through seminars and internet training programs. To learn more, go to