Stress-related illness accounted for 23 sick days per worker in 2014, and private health insurance companies now reward customers who take steps to reduce stress to a healthy level.

In our Stress Less series, expert coach Soraya Shaw shares her simple but powerful ways to step off the treadmill and feel calmer in your daily life.

“Make a habit of 30 minutes daily thinking time.”

“This is one of the most productive and valuable habits you can create. It sounds counter intuitive when you feel so busy, but busy-ness creates busy-ness, not to mention stress when you start to feel overwhelmed.

My clients who put thinking time in their diaries, and find a quiet space to do it in, have all said they see results, as it gives them a chance to think about what is really needed – what will make the biggest impact on their week, objectives and business – instead of listening to that automatic internal chatter about what they ‘should’ be doing next. 30 minutes a day thinking time will help to give you back control, creating calmness and better focus.”


Soraya is the founder & director of Springboard Coaching, which specialises in management and leadership development. If you have a stress related problem you can’t find the answer to, she’ll be happy to answer on this blog – just contact us here with your question.


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