This week’s question: How do you deal with stress?
Being a litigator requires a certain level of emotional detachment to maintain calm in the face of external factors that might otherwise create stress. It’s a skill I have had to learn over time and has allowed me to judge and manage the unpredictable in a more deliberate way.
Ramon Abadin, president, the Florida Bar, and partner, Sedgwick Law Firm
I’m new to Yoga, but I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve seen that it really helps with my stress.
Brian Brackeen, CEO, Kairos
I make time to exercise every morning and also meditate regularly.
Carol Brooks, president and co-founder, CREC (Continental Real Estate Companies)
I set aside time each day for prayer and Mass, and try to stay faithful to my exercise routine.
Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president, St. Thomas University
Setting aside personal time to decompress is vital. When I’m especially stressed, I “park” whatever issue is concerning me for 24 hours, then revisit the problem. I’ve found this method allows me to see things from a different perspective and in most cases, the problem doesn’t seem nearly as dire after taking a step back.
Robert Hill, general manager, InterContinental Miami
Not very well, LOL! No, truthfully, I find it important to take a few moments throughout the day to meditate and just detach from all the professional and personal issues. I listen to music on my way to work to forget the stresses of my personal life and do the same on the way home to forget the stresses of my professional life. It’s important to tell yourself that there is [only] so much you can do on any given day, learn to prioritize, and as long as you do your best, that’s good enough.
Miriam Lopez, president/chief lending officer, Marquis Bank
Most of the stress in my life is job-related, but I wouldn’t consider it negative stress. The stress comes for a point of wanting to do more, to do better for this community and its residents. It’s about moving United Way forward to address the human challenges and reduce the hurt that too many in our community face every day. Instead of stress being an obstacle in my life, it often works more as a motivator for me.
Harve A. Mogul, president and CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade
This is something that I work on daily, as the best recipe for me is spending quality time with my wife walking in the early hours of the morning, in addition to taking a long run listening to my favorite music.
Mike Parra, CEO for DHL Express Americas
In July 2015, I celebrated 40 consecutive years of practicing Transcendental Meditation (TM). I begin every day with a 20-minute meditation in a comfortable space that allows me to silently repeat my personal mantra and achieve a state of complete consciousness. TM is fundamental to how I address stress. It is what keeps me grounded when dealing with day-to-day stress, whether it’s personal or work-related.
M. John Richard, president, CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Take a bath often using aromatherapy salts and treatments.
Ania Rodriguez, CEO of Key Lime Interactive
Unfortunately, stress is something we all deal with in one way or another. Exercising definitely helps, but my true stress reliever is spending time with my granddaughters. I have a play date with them every Friday, where I become a child again — coloring, jumping, playing games and riding a bike. There’s nothing better!
Rachel Sapoznik, CEO & president, Sapoznik Insurance
My yoga practice is a huge source of stress release for me, as is meditation/mindfulness. No matter how crazy my work schedule is, I make time to keep myself balanced and in check. Being outdoors also helps me feel connected to nature, disconnected from stress, and more in tune with myself.
Ginny Simon, founder, CEO, ginnybakes