In the first post we saw how the busiest professionals around the world deal with stress. Today we talked to a few more professionals who were generous enough to elaborate on their ways of handling their stressful lives.
As a television presenter, 26-yearold Leera is constantly in the limelight. “Doing live television is stressful because you have to be able to think on your feet, to process things clearly and to articulate what’s going on around you as it unfolds. And, you have to get it right the first time — there’s no margin of error. But instead of seeing that pressure as a negative, I try to channel it — it gives me the adrenaline rush that’s required to boost my energy level and keeps me alert. In order for the pressure to work this way, I have to ensure that I am well-prepared, well-rested, and totally focused when I’m on air,” she says. Leera’s career also involves a lot of travel and this, she says, “can get stressful. I find that stealing a few moments to unwind when I can is essential — this could mean getting a quick foot massage at an airport spa while waiting for a flight or a power workout at the hotel gym before we start shooting. And, when I get time off, I disconnect from work entirely, and spend my time baking or painting.”
Twenty-four-year-old Mary Jane tells us that her job means, “no fixed days off and it requires working on weekends too. Organising events involves a lot of pressure because so many aspects have to be coordinated. “Contractors may cancel last minute, payments may not come in for months at a time and a lot of people are depending on you,” she says. Jane enjoys being the anchor for shows and this, she says, is one stress buster. “I love living life to the fullest. Meeting new people and attending events helps me unwind. To tackle the stress that comes with the job, I sweat it out at the gym everyday. It helps that I am inherently a positive person.” Jane also unwinds by watching animal and baby videos on YouTube, “and I enjoy comedy shows and short films. Meetings friends and family also helps counter pressure.”
Health beat reporter
Twenty-seven-year-old Smith worked for four-and-a-half years as a daily health reporter with a newspaper and now continues to do this online. As journalists, we do not get public holidays or weekends off. “My day would involve visiting multiple hospitals, making calls, filing my stories before 8 pm and then reading about what foreign publications were writing about health, until midnight,” she recalls. Competing with other newspapers would also be stressful. “You would get pulled up by your boss if another paper got some information that you didn’t.” Then, there was the daily stress of confronting human agony. Smith keeps calm by reading and, when she can’t focus on writing a story, she takes a quick 10-minute walk to rejuvenate and to clear her mind.