Your Guide to Stress Survival Skills

Stress is a major culprit in almost every chronic disease. One may have diabetes, but were emotional eating and the compounding effects of daily stress root causes? Stress can absolutely lead to fatalities and yet rarely do we learn how to manage it in childhood.

In fact, a panel of medical experts on Tuesday recommended for the first time that primary care doctors screen all children ages 8 to 18 for anxiety, new guidance that highlights the ongoing mental health crisis among American youth. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 5.8 million children have been diagnosed with anxiety, while 2.7 million have been diagnosed with depression — though some children may be missed or misdiagnosed.


99% of all stress management techniques are designed to be healthy bandages to cover up a poor operating system. Yes, they are natural techniques and that’s a start, but it's also important that we work to not get there in the first place. In medicine, there are trillions of dollars spent fixing diseases that could have been prevented in the first place.

The same thing is happening with stress, so let’s look at a new view of this. The way you manage your energy, time, commitments and attention has everything to do with your stress levels. If you let your fuse run short, you’re only one negative event away from a full meltdown.

If you stack too many appointments in a given day, there’s no way you can “be here now” when you’ve given your word to be elsewhere soon. You simply can’t meditate that off. This calls for better boundaries and better time management. Why? Because will help you build resilience into your day.

We recommend people take five minutes to breathe and take care of themselves every half hour. If this sounds like too much, then you may need it more than ever.


You need to take some breaths for YOU. Stretch, drink some water, get some sunshine and move your body. This is natural and necessary. Your desk is pulling you down. Stand up, walk around, get some fresh air, and yes, meditate. This is the time to catch your breath and build some peace in your day. Bank it. Fill the tank and earn a genuine smile on your face. That way, if life begins to move quickly on you or disaster strikes, you are awake, engaged and ready for the challenge. Life will bring chaos. It’ll bring complexities. It’ll bring really bad news and flat tires. That’s reality.
Your ability to navigate reality is predicated on your ability to keep yourself charged with positivity and energy. This doesn’t happen when you’re down. It happens in the everyday moments when you have the time and wherewithal to stop for a few critical breaths.
The stress survival guide doesn’t look like gauze, iodine and aspirin in a first aid kit. It looks like a well-balanced day filled with little moments of tranquility and health that help you stay full.
Learn to take five minutes every half hour and breathe deeply to your lower belly. Fortune 100 CEOs and elite athletes do this daily, so if you’re clinging to your crazy days, just know that if it worked for them, it’ll work for you. Let go and relax— you’ll actually get more done and be happy in the process.
You've got this!