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How I Stay Sane: Our Office Manager Shares Her Tricks for Destressing

Here’s the reality everyone faces at some point in their career:

Even if you love your job, it’ll still feel like work.

What does this mean? That stress is inevitable—you will have days when there aren’t enough hours to answer emails, when nothing you do seems to please your boss, when your to-do list keeps on growing.

And when work leaves you overwhelmed and frazzled, the only thing you can do is find your own way to cope. Which is why we’re launching a new series to find out how real people relax after a challenging day.

Meet Heatherlyn

Heatherlyn Nelson is The Muse’s office manager—which means she wears plenty of hats throughout the day. Her typical work day is filled with a variety of tasks that include vetting and negotiating contracts with new vendors, managing company events, dealing with operations and safety compliance, onboarding new employees, and analyzing supplies consumption, just to name a few. In addition to truly caring about her role, she’s passionate about animal rights, music, and home design and decor.

How She Destresses After a Tough Day

“As a person who has high functioning anxiety, I rely heavily on meditation and yoga. When I’m not able to break out in downward dog or get Zen at the drop of a hat, I tune into Marconi Union’s ‘Weightless.’ I recently read an article of the effects it has on people who experience stress on the regular, by reducing their stress levels up to 65%! For me, music is an easy way to tune out stress. I also love renovation projects on houses and (when in season) going up to Vermont to snowboard. All of which are awesome ways to relieve stress on the weekends. This article on the habits of happy people is also pretty great. I’ve referenced it several times as a motivator to staying happy and sane.”

Give it a Go

Want to give her advice a try? We have a few articles that’ll help you make that happen:

If you’re ever stressed (and if you never are, tell us your secret!), it never hurts to test out a few new tricks.

So, how do you stay sane? Tell me on Twitter and I might just feature you in an article!