Stress affects all of us sometimes. According to the NHS, work, relationships, and money problems are some of the most common triggers.
When you have a lot going on at work, it can get even harder to focus. This can result in a build up of more work you haven’t been able to concentrate on, thus causing a vicious cycle of a more stress.
CEOs and founders of big companies have all gone through stressful moments like everyone else, and they all have different ways of dealing with the tough times.
Here are how some of the most successful people in the world have learned to unwind after years of managing the stress that comes with running a global business.
1. Bill Gates
Gates has also taken a lot of advice from Warren Buffett over the years. In an interview with Fortune magazine, Gates said something he learned from Buffett was to keep things simple.
“His ability to boil things down, to just work on the things that really count, to think through the basics — it’s so amazing that he can do that. It’s a special form of genius.”
In other words, strip away all the fuss and it’s easier to focus on the task at hand.
2. Tim Cook
After receiving an honorary degree from The University of Glasgow, Apple CEO Tim Cook advised students to stay positive and tune out a lot of the noise you’ll come up against in life. Listening to everyone all the time is incredibly stressful.
“In today’s environment, the world is full of cynics and you have to tune them out,” he said. “Because if not, they become a cancer in your mind, in your thinking, and you begin thinking that you can’t or that life is negative.”
3. Meg Whitman
Meg Whitman has had an amazing career at several massive companies, including P&G, eBay, and now Hewlett-Packard. In an interview with Fast Company, Whitman mentioned her love of fly-fishing. She and her son go about 6sixtimes every year.
According to research from the University of California‘s Merced campus, engaging in leisure activities can provide immediate stress relief, and can also have other health benefits. Research from the National Library of Medicine also showed regular leisure activity can manage negative feelings such as stress.