Stress management for entrepreneurs


Stress management for entrepreneurs. In today’s Short Talk episode Judith Germain speaks to Marie Young about stress management for entrepreneurs. Marie shares insights on the unique stresses faced by entrepreneurs, such as burnout from wearing multiple hats and the loneliness of leadership. She emphasises the importance of reconnecting with one’s purpose and finding ways to regularly recharge.

Key Takeaways

  • Marie is a stress management coach and embodiment teacher who helps clients, especially entrepreneurs, reconnect with their bodies and slow down racing thoughts through relaxation techniques
  • She teaches “body-informed resiliency” which uses mouth, eye, trunk, and breathwork to regulate the nervous system and release stress lodged in the body
  • For entrepreneurs, common stress reactions include burnout from wearing many hats, lack of connection with like-minded people, and being disconnected from one’s authentic self
  • A key technique is diaphragmatic breathing to activate the parasympathetic nervous system and achieve a balanced, regulated state


Introduction and Background

  • Marie’s background in yoga, meditation, and embodiment teaching
  • Her approach of using the body to relax the mind and manage stress, especially for entrepreneurs and high achievers
  • Importance of reconnecting to one’s authentic self to reduce stress from misalignment

Body-Informed Resiliency

  • Explanation of this prime relaxation technique involving mouth, eye, trunk, and breathwork
  • Helps release stress lodged in the body from daily stressors and setbacks
  • Regulates the autonomic nervous system by activating the parasympathetic “rest and digest” state

Stress and Entrepreneurs

  • Common stressors like burnout, loneliness, disconnect from purpose
  • Need to tackle root causes of stress, not just reactions
  • Importance of self-leadership, responsibility, and reconnecting to authentic desires

Diaphragmatic Breathing Technique

  • Detailed walkthrough of diaphragmatic breathing exercise
  • Allows most oxygen intake by using the diaphragm muscle
  • Directly impacts and regulates the autonomic nervous system
  • Can quickly reset to a non-stressed state when practiced regularly

Closing Thoughts

  • Encouragement to experiment with reconnection exercises like breathing
  • Importance of setting intentional “being” time amidst entrepreneurial busyness
  • Allowing the body to reset enables better focus and goal achievement

In this conversation Marie discusses her “body-informed resiliency” approach, which involves specific exercises for the mouth, eyes, trunk, and breath to help the body and mind regulate the nervous system. She walks Judith through a diaphragmatic breathing exercise as an example.

Marie Young works with high achievers whose stress levels are currently unmanageable or close to it. She helps them create practices to support calm alert and grounded states of being and goal attainment. 

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Marie Young can be found on LinkedIn here. Her website can be found here.

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