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Samantha Brown Tip: How to Manage Stress

During the Samantha Brown interview for our Dream Job series, Sam shared with us her tips for de-stressing. I imagine it must be tough to be constantly traveling, especially if you're doing it 250 days out of a year like she is. Here's what she had to say:

"I would say a good night’s sleep is imperative for me. I need at least seven hours and if I don’t get seven hours I start to get really cranky. Also, eating well is a part of maintaining stress. If I can’t find good food to eat. I rarely eat fast food, I’ll go to grocery stores and buy bags of green and just eat them raw. I love vegetables and vegetables just make me feel healthy and they give me a lot more stamina and the endurance I need to do my job. I also usually walk wherever I travel to. I go for long, I mean, four or five hour walks when I have the time. If we’re shooting, I don’t have that time, but on my day off, I rarely have an itinerary. I don’t have a list of things I have to do because that’s my work schedule. On my days off, I’ll just walk through the city and go where the day takes me. I rarely refer to travel books or guides or magazines. I just go where my heart takes me, which I think is a really important element in travel that I think rarely people bring to their travel. Everyone has a very set itinerary and all these dos and don’ts and really you should just kind of wander and get that childlike discovery to get that feel of what it’s like to have that childlike discovery again.

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wildsngrny wildsngrny 5 years
Well, I'm not saying that Samantha Brown doesn't have her fair share of stress, but I really was hoping to see something I could actually use. Since I work full-time (about 50-55 hours a week), plus attend grad school full-time, have a one-year-old baby, am up at 6 am and don't even get home 'til 10pm three times a week, AND I have two leadership roles within my company that require extra work (on top of the 55 hours stated above), I was looking for something relevant to my life. But, it's always good to have the reminder to eat healthfully!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 5 years
I don't travel nearly that much, but I've already had 14 round-trip flights this year and that's been a lot. I couldn't agree more about the importance of eating well on the road. Often I just go to a grocery store rather than head to a chain restaurant. It's less expensive and better for you, and you need to be healthy while traveling.
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