Ashley Lee 2016-09-02




Stress seems to be part of every job description, particularly when you reach the C-suite. But that doesn’t mean it gets to take over your life. When handled correctly, stress can be contained, minimized and conquered.

Don’t just take our word for it — here are stress prevention and management techniques from 12 business leaders.

1. Face it head on. If the source of the stress is something that’s being ignored, deal with directly, like Jeff Bezos.


亚马逊首席执行官贝佐斯在美国政商学界人士齐聚一堂的峰会Academy of Achievement上接受采访时称:“压力产生的主要原因是,你对某事物实际上有些掌控,然而选择不作为。我发现,只要明确压力来源,打出第一个电话或者发出第一封电邮,或是采取任何可能解决问题的行动。哪怕并不能立刻解决问题,但只要开始努力了,压力便会大幅缓解。”


“Stress primarily comes from not taking action over something that you can have some control over,” the Amazon CEO said in an interview with Academy of Achievement. “I find as soon as I identify it, and make the first phone call, or send off the first e-mail message, or whatever it is that we’re going to do to start to address that situation — even if it’s not solved — the mere fact that we’re addressing it dramatically reduces any stress that might come from it.”

2. Find a quiet place. When feeling the heat, retreat … to the bathroom? Hey, it works for Oprah Winfrey.



“Some days, I want to scream out loud when dealing with the complexities of getting good shows on the air. But one thing I know for sure: I’m not a screamer. I can count on one hand the number of times when I’ve actually raised my voice at someone,” the media mogulwrote in her book, What I Know for Sure. “I usually go to a quiet place. A bathroom cubicle works wonders. I close my eyes, turn inward, and breathe.”




3. Take a break. Sometimes, stepping away is the best strategy for effectively jumping in. “I think it’s really important to take time off,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojicki told Today. “And I’ve also found that sometimes you get really good insights by taking time off, too.”

4.Get more sleep. An effective day at work actually begins the night before, according to Arianna Huffington, so make sleep a priority.



“There is that special glow after a good night’s sleep when you feel really in the zone,” she said in a 2013 interview. “You feel like, ‘Bring it on — you know I can handle anything!'”




5. Move away from the desk. Take a page from Jack Dorsey and incorporate morning workouts and out-of-office walks into your daily routine. The co-founder of Twitter and Square wakes up at 5:30 a.m. for meditation and a six-mile jog, and takes breaks during office hours to stroll outside.

6. Sweat it out. Give stress a physical release through exercise, as Michelle Obama does.




“Exercise is really important to me — it’s therapeutic,” the First Lady told Marie Claire. “If I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.”

7. Play games. Remember the toys you used to play with in childhood? Try recasting a stressful problem as a Lego project, and take it one brick and a time. Hey, it works for Brad Pitt.


好莱坞影星兼制作人布拉德·皮特告诉Parade 杂志:“如果手头的事让我压力很大,我会像建筑师一样考虑问题。我会在院子里走来走去,开始想象如何调整房屋结构。这种思考方式有点像解谜,例如填字或是其他能让我全神贯注思考的游戏。调节一阵后会感觉轻松许多。


“If I have something that I’m dealing with that’s causing me a lot of stress, my mind goes to architecture. I walk around the yard and start thinking about what I need to do to the house structurally,” the actor and producer told Parade. “It’s similar to puzzles in that way, like a crossword puzzle or anything else I can put my mind into. It’s a relief for me.”

8. Remember what really matters. Social-media maven Gary Vaynerchuk makes sure to maintain perspective –because at the end of the day, it’s just business.



“The way I handle things even the few rare days when I really struggle, I take a real step back and make pretend that somebody and told me that my mother or daughter were killed,” he said in an interview. “I know that’s really dark … it very consistently re-wires me very quickly.”



9. Find equilibrium. For Indiegogo founder Slava Rubin, countering stress with spirituality means more than just engaging in meditation. “The entrepreneurial life is super hectic. Super unknown. Lots of crazy ups and downs. I think it’s helpful to find some grounding. So that while your startup, while every startup has its roller coaster experience, you’re able to stay grounded,” he told the Observer, speaking about how his Jewishfaith shapes his day-to-day.



10. Plan ahead. If Mondays come around and you feel as if you’re drowning, try getting a jump start on the work week. You’ll be in good company — Apple CEO Tim Cook schedules staff phone calls for Sunday nights, according to Success Magazine.



12、设定截止日期。运用组织技术分解压力。这是美容产品电商Birchbox的联合创始人卡蒂亚·波查普的减压方式。她告诉介绍科技博客Lifehacker:“我坚持让Birchbox 团队成员在所有电邮中都说清楚何时需要回复。这样能最快地明确事务的优先级。”(财富中文网)



“The notion of having work-life harmony in a highly competitive economy is a first-class topic,” says the Microsoft CEO. “The key is to make sure you’re engaging in a dialog with your employees. There also needs to be flexibility in all the [workplace] policies that someone like me sets and propagates. You cannot have people burn out. It’s bad for your company, and it’s bad for society.”

12. Set deadlines. Streamline stress by putting organization techniques in place. That’s Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp’s approach: “I insist people on the Birchbox team indicate when they need a response in all emails. It makes prioritization so much faster,” she told Lifehacker.