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Editors Reveal What They Do When They’re Stressed

By Bianca Mendez

The life of an editor can be crazy busy. From hitting deadlines, to attending events to finding time for friends, and oh yeah, cleaning their apartments, they’re bound to reach their limit at some point of another. And everyone has their method of taking care of it. Try one of these tips from editors in the biz next time you’re feeling stressed out to the max.

Get some zzzs.
“This sounds simple, but if you are anything like me when you’re stressed, you’re staying up late and waking up early just to try and control some of the chaos around you. GO TO SLEEP!” -Emma Diab, branded content editor at The Foundry @ Meredith.

Squeeze in a workout.
“Balancing a full-time job with a thriving freelance career is definitely stressful. I find that yoga is really helpful in calming my anxiety over my never-ending to-do list. Even if I don’t have time to hit up a yoga studio (Y7 is my fave, BTW), I’ll try to follow along with a quick YouTube video at home a few times a week.” -Christina Heiser senior editor at Webedia

Plan ahead.
“I find prioritizing really helps me manage stress. At the beginning of the week, I’ll plan out all the things I need to do after work, including fitness classes, doctor appointments, and errands. Once I know where all that fits in, then I can see where I’ll have room to make fun plans like a happy hour with friends. Working out is also an important way I manage stress so I treat taking classes at my gym as any other plan, meaning I don’t cancel them if someone asks me last minute to get drinks after work (usually). Similarly, I prioritize my work days. In the mornings, I make a list of my assignments and deadlines and order the tasks I need to complete for each accordingly.” -Ashley Welch, health editor at CBS News.
Take a deep breath.
“Breathe. The more you panic, the more time you’ll waste obsessing about things you can’t change—so my best advice is to grab a cup of coffee, put on a pair of headphones, and focus the best you can. The rest will fall into place.” – Nikhita Mahtani, digital editor at domino.
Go for a walk.
“When I got stressed out at work, I’d message my friend Jess and see if she wanted to go for a quick walk around the block. Even though we’d be back in under 15 minutes, getting my body moving, sharing good vibes with a buddy, and having a temporary change of scenery always helped me unwind a bit and refocus on even the craziest days. Sometimes, you just need a few minutes away from it all before you can get back in the zone and make progress,” – Maryn Liles, senior editor at YourTango
Vent it out.
“When I feel overwhelmed, I’ll call my mom or a friend and catch up with them on life outside the office. The change in conversation gives me a break from thinking about my never-ending to-do list and it helps me focus on something else for a change. And once the conversation is over, I’m ready to conquer my workload.” -Bianca Mendez associate branded content editor.
Bianca Mendez is a writer and editor who has contributed to Refinery29,, Bustle, and other publications. Her perfect day in NYC consists of trying the latest fitness class followed by a night of wining and dining. Check out more of her work at, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
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