Stressing Out:

How to Relax in 5 Easy Steps

Scott exemplifies the attributes of the Never Give Up guy in many areas of his life. Over the years, the message of Persistence = Success has permeated the way he has triumphed over challenges, grew as a leader and overcame adversity. As a keynote speaker and interactive breakout presenter, Scott motivates your audiences with his powerful and entertaining message plus powerful actionable takeaways.
Challenging times, Yep! Stressed out, yep! COVID19 got you worried, concerned and upset, YES! Public sector employees are working hard and need time to relax and recharge!

Our public and private lives are upside down and working back to a “new normal.”  We’re living in close proximity to loved ones, we’re lonely and some of us are still isolated. It is more than we could have imagined as we greeted 2020 back in January.

You’ve binged watched TV, went for more walks then you have done since high school and even had Zoom calls with family and friends. So, now what? We’re not going to flick a switch and get back to normal and the “new normal”, whatever it is, has not fully developed. Here are 5 things you CAN do to stay sane, reduce stress and minimize the doodoo we’re currently stuck in.

1.  Pets.

Have one, then you get it. Do not have a pet, consider it. Studies show……’ve seen the studies. Smiles, hugs, laughter are just a few things pets give us. I have a dog – Eddy. A Golden Doodle. He has been a phenomenal therapist for a dude who has his “act” together.

2.  Any form of exercise.

Any form is good! Get to it, stop with the excuses and do something. I’m a runner and practice yoga. It has helped a ton! Go stroll with a friend (3 meters apart), take your loved one, go it alone. Question? When was the last time you did some stretching? Go online and follow a teacher as they take you through 530 minutes of juicy, limbering stretches. You’ll be happy you did, and your stress will decrease for sure.

Be Mindful of Your Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic
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If you follow one or more of the steps above, you’ll stress-less, sleep better and get through this difficult chapter in your life.

3.  Only talk to people who are somewhat positive.

You’ll want to jettison the negative ones from your daily chats for the foreseeable future. Less stress, more happiness and less BS! Aren’t you glad we had this conversation?

4.  Work less. 

Yes ma’am/sir you heard it right. Working remote is great IF you know how to chill too. Breaks every 4560 minutes. Put on a timer. Your phone will do the rest as long as you get your butt out of the chair, walk, destress, stretch, have some water and nibble on some food. Increased energy, less stress and greater productivity. Many of us are new at this remote life and were not provided with direction. As a professional leadership speaker, I work remote all the time. I’ve got this down!

5.  Newsless. 

Read the news lately? It stinks. It’s depressing. It’s stressful. Try this. Go one day without looking at the news. Repeat often. I do. Benefits are lower stress. Happier. Informed by wife or friends if something good/bad goes down. But, I am comfortably out of the 24 hours downward spiral of news cycles and a better, more balanced Scotty.

Some things are simply out of our control. Many things are in our control. If you follow one or more of the steps above, you’ll stress-less, sleep better and get through this difficult chapter in your life. I’m counting on you to take control of you. I know you can do it.


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