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The CEO’s Guide to Stress Management: Strategies for Staying Calm Amidst the Chaos

Hey there, Co-workers! Life at the top can be exhilarating and full of opportunities, but let’s be real - it can also be stressful as HELL. As we all know, being a CEO is ghetto. With many tasks and people to manage, managing your stress can easily be put on the back burner. But don’t worry, I’ve got your back with a few effective stress management tips to keep you cool, calm, and collected amidst the chaos. So grab your favorite drink (No judgment here - It’s Happy Hour somewhere!), and let’s get into it!

  1. Breathe

Breathing? Really? Yes! It might sound basic, but trust me, it works like magic.

When stress starts creeping up, pause for a moment, and take a deep breath. Inhale slowly through your nose, allowing your lungs to fill up, and then exhale gently through your mouth. Repeat this a few times. Now access how you feel.

This simple technique helps lower your heart rate, reduce anxiety, and clear that mental fog. Breathwork is like hitting a huge reset button for your brain!

If you have breath, you have options! Sometimes the simplest things are the most effective. So before you cuss out your coworker (We’ve all been there!) take some time to breathe and allow the stress to dissipate.

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1. Schedule the Important Things

With back-to-back meetings and a million decisions to make, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Your busy schedule can cause you to lose sight of what truly matters. Setting aside time for the important stuff helps ease your stress. Block off some “me-time” on your calendar. It could be a simple 15 minutes to unplug and catch up with friends or family.

By scheduling these moments, you ensure they don't get lost in the chaos of your non-stop agenda. Treat them as sacred appointments, just like you would with any major meeting. And don't forget, taking care of yourself isn't a luxury – it's a necessity for maintaining your sanity.

2. Delegate like a BOSS

The saying is cliche, but there is no ‘I’ in TEAM. You can not do it all, sis!

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(If you didn’t read my article, Confessions of a Recovering Workaholic, go back for some tips to help free yourselves from hustle culture)

Assign tasks and learn to trust your team to handle their responsibilities. Delegating not only lightens your burden but also empowers your team members.

Trying to handle everything solo might give you a sense of security, but it can also drive you to the brink of burnout. So, share the load and give yourself more time and energy to tackle the critical CEO stuff.

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Pro-tip: Don’t be a micromanager! Once you delegate, step back and allow your team the space to work their magic. You hired them for a reason, so trust in the skillsets that landed them on your team in the first place.

Being in leadership can be challenging, and stress may come knocking at your door from time to time. However, the great thing about being a CEO is that you’re the boss. You set the rules.

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By implementing these simple yet effective strategies, you can navigate the chaos with grace and composure.

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