What are you doing for stress management?

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Senior Executive Advisor in Software, 10,001+ employees
I've started to go for walks in the morning and listen to my favorite podcast. It helps me immerse myself, calm down and think. The world slows down and you get to spend more time with yourself. It’s a chance to reflect and try to look at things from a different perspective while enjoying nature. That has been a blessing, especially during the pandemic, for people who are working from home. They now have this opportunity to elevate their quality of life, quality of thinking and quality of interpersonal interaction by doing these things. And then you’re not always stuck in those continuous stressful cycles that we used to have before. In roles where you have operational teams, it can be extremely stressful because you have all of production under you. It can become a repetitive cycle of stress and firefighting.
CIO in Education, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I've been doing meditation for five or six years, but I just completed a transcendental meditation (TM) course this year and it's been life changing. For someone who's been meditating for so long, it's not like a light bulb went off. It was just a small change, but my blood pressure dropped significantly.
Global CIO & CISO in Manufacturing, 201 - 500 employees
For me it’s about trying to manage those smaller periods of time. When I'm eating lunch, I don't look at my phone. And one of the best things that I ever did was invest in noise-canceling headphones to cut out the ambient noise around my house. When you want to focus on one thing, like reading, watching TV or anything else, it becomes a good escape. But it can be difficult because how do you let go, but also make time for yourself?

I've also been doing a lot of meditation. I've picked up the positivity quotient (PQ) and a bunch of other techniques. I was working with a coach for about a year who gave me a great set of both professional and personal meditation scenarios. They’re all micro tactics, which take between 30 seconds to two minutes. If you can't make a two minute time block to do one of these techniques, then you really have issues because you're not prioritizing yourself. One of the techniques you can only do while you're sitting is to just stare and focus on one thing for five or 10 seconds to see if you can pick out one detail. Is it the color? Is it the shape? You can just observe whatever is around you and not just let everything blow right by you. It has helped me a lot.
VP in Software, 10,001+ employees
I think one of the top priorities for all in today's corporate world, particularly with the recent pandemic times and remote work situation. 
1. I go for a 1-hour walk every morning and listen to calm music. 
2. Meditation and breathing exercise helps a lot with introspection. 
3. Reading books on weekends or during travel also helps to know and gradually know what's happening around. 
4. And most important I try to reduce screen time on the mobile phone as much as possible.
5. Good diet is also another important factor to reduce stress
6. Light and open conversation with colleagues, family, and friends help too.
7. Leisure travel to a serene location also helps me to detox mentally and come back fresh. I generally do one such trip a year.
Chief Technology Officer in Finance (non-banking), 1,001 - 5,000 employees
I feel that i haven't been doing enough here - a few things i have been doing are reading books, take weekend trips with completely turning off email/phones.  Drive is great, especially during foliage in New England states. Other activities are reading, exercising, and yoga. 
To reduce stress for teammates, had virtual HH/Coffee sessions. 
Founder & CISO in Education, 11 - 50 employees
Develop more strategic thinking and more understanding of the business and priorities. Build an outcome-driven mindset based on growth, resilience, and business alignment. It is not about managing a large number of people directly, but managing the ones who care about others.

Ability to be involved on a high level, lead and not micromanage, in general. But be willing and capable to help and support whenever needed. Also, it is pivotal to have good communication and critical decision-making ability.
Director of IT in Healthcare and Biotech, 201 - 500 employees
> Yoga (getting certified to teach even)
> Music Podcasts
> Powerlifting
> Reading books
> Minimizing Screentime 
Director - IT, Enterprise Services and Value Management in Software, 10,001+ employees
Stress if not managed will be overwhelming soon. Some of the way I manage it is as follows:

When the situation leads to a stress, just take a break. Getting away from the situation is best way to manage it. Mostly time itself resolve the reason for stress without much if an action.

Meditate. A must a sure way to destress. Put sime soothing music and taken yourself to nowhere. 

Breathing exercise is sure a great buster. If you are familiar with yoga, it is best way to destress. 

At times just do the unusual, like go for that ice cream you haven't enjoyed for long due to occupancy. 

Lastly, put on the music you like or just look for some funny videos on YouTube. My favourite is kids comedy videos or Gags for Laugh!
Manager in Construction, 51 - 200 employees
Personally, i de-stress with a daily walk without technology or distractions. Its a great way to catch up on your mindfulness and relax into a day. I also ensure meal times are no-technology times, whereby i have no phones or other distractions like TV so that i enjoy the time away from working.
IT Operating Unit Director in Education, 10,001+ employees
I go for a run before work almost every morning. It’s a great way to focus on what I want to think about (or sometimes nothing at all!) without any interruptions. And while at work I try and take a walk around our beautiful campus if I need to decompress. 

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