Five Easy Methods for Managing Your Stress

Kim Martin
2 min readJan 25, 2024


Dealing with work stress can be daunting, especially if you’ve recently been promoted, added new responsibilities, changed jobs, or even put on a performance improvement plan. I have been in your shoes, and I hate that feeling of being overwhelmed with anxiety and stress. Here are the strategies that I use.

1. Meditation and Relaxation Techniques:

Meditation or relaxation techniques are effective ways to manage work stress. A short seven-minute meditation does wonders for me. Other options are deep breathing, visualization, or progressive muscle relaxation to calm your mind and body. All these techniques help reduce stress hormones and increase the production of feel-good neurotransmitters.

2. Prioritize Sleep:

It’s also crucial to get enough sleep. In the past, I would short-change my shut-eye, but now is not the time. Aim for at least 7–8 hours of sleep every night to allow your body and mind the time it needs to recharge and rejuvenate so that you can start your day calmly and energized.

3. Pursue Enjoyable Activities Outside Work:

Having activities outside work you enjoy is another way to cope with stress. What are your favorite hobbies and passions? Renew your engagement with them and make time for them in your schedule. I can help reduce my stress and improve my overall health and well-being when I get involved in hobbies and activities, particularly those that combine social and athletic activities, like pickleball or golf.

4. Stay Hydrated:

Drinking water is another simple yet effective way to manage work stress. Dehydration can often cause headaches and a loss of concentration. Unfortunately, this has happened to me, and now I consume plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and focused.

5. Cultivate Authentic Relationships:

Finally, develop authentic relationships with a friend or partner that allow you to be honest and vulnerable. We all need someone with whom we can just “let it all hang out,” a best friend, sibling, mentor, therapist, or coach. Talking to someone you trust can help you gain perspective, vent your frustrations, and receive emotional support.

Actively managing your career requires learning to deal with stress and anxiety. We all deal with it at some point in our careers. While it may be challenging to address, it’s certainly not impossible. You can effectively manage work stress by incorporating relaxation techniques, prioritizing sleep, engaging in enjoyable activities, staying hydrated, and seeking emotional support. I’d love to hear from you if you have additional recommendations or insights.

-Kim Martin The Coach



Kim Martin

A thought leader in the areas of executive leadership, change management, and women in the C-suite.