How To Relieve Work-Related Stress: As Told by Quinlan

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Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. Seventy-one percent of marketers feel burnt out and 66 percent expect their stress levels at work to increase. In the fast-paced world of advertising, where there’s constant pressure for creativity, it’s safe to say we could all use a little stress relief.

We spoke with five of Quinlan’s agency experts on what their best strategies are for conquering stress and recharging.

Leave work at work.

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Jillian Minderler, graphic designer, knows a thing or two about busy days. With constant projects and deadlines, her workload can get hectic. Finding a balance amidst the chaos is important to her.

Her advice? Look to your favorite relaxation techniques to help you leave work at work. When she feels overwhelmed, Jillian recommends heading out on lunch, sitting outside to enjoy the weather, and taking the time to rest your mind.

Her other ways to de-stress: morning yoga and going on a run with her husband and puppy when she gets home from work.

She also says sitting in an open space next to her coworkers for much-needed distractions or comic relief never fails. Kudos to you, Michael and Sully.

Shred that guitar.


Drew Celestino, senior web developer, can go from web development, to coding to solving pressing IT issues all at once. He’s one busy guy. After a long day on the job, Drew turns to his passions to help put stress aside. He believes in embracing the stuff you love to help you recenter.

His other ways to de-stress: playing video games and a good comic book.

Carving out time for his passions seems to help Drew. However, cooking (one of Drew’s passions), can cause more stress if done incorrectly. Let’s just say trying to be the next Top Chef has left Drew with no chill when recipes go wrong.

Stress eating: it really works. Kind of.

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Jessica Chapman, account director, runs on a very tight schedule — usually bouncing from project to project and keeping solid relations with our various clients. When the deadlines creep up, she looks to one of her favorite things for help: food.

Sure, we eat when we’re stressed. Stressful events cause our cortisol levels to rise, and when we eat comfort foods, we feel better. But even though that greasy pizza buys you a temporary sense of calm, it wears off pretty quickly.

Luckily, there are snacks and meals out there that can actually provide the reliable source of energy and balance you’re looking for. Here’s a list of some healthy superfoods that will work wonders for stress:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Berries
  • Cashews
  • Chamomile and Green Tea
  • Chocolate (WOO)
  • Oatmeal

It’s OK Jess, nobody’s judging you for indulging in that ‘za.

Her other ways to de-stress: Watching the latest reality TV shows (like The Real Housewives or The Bachelor/Bachelorette), and remembering that whatever she’s stressing over is probably something small (but nothing an extra large pizza can’t fix).

Turn off those email notifications.

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Sure, we all want to feel in the loop. But with the average employee checking his or her email 36 times per hour, it’s no wonder we feel stressed from a lack of productivity.

As the founding father of Quinlan’s infamous Casual Friday’s series, Creative Director Frank Conjerti is very familiar with stress. Frank comes into work each day never knowing what to expect. His advice for clearing the stress? Turn off email notifications — especially at home.

By shutting off notifications, Frank can focus on what he needs to get done instead of falling into distractions several times per hour.

His other ways to de-stress: Morning walks, beer and netflix or hanging with his 2-year-old daughter.

Lean on your coworkers.

lean on coworkers

A typical work day for Krista Roberts, art director, involves concepting, designing and executing projects with the rest of the creative team. With constant deadlines (which are the root of all evil for Krista), she has found one method that helps take the stress off her plate: relying on her coworkers.

After thirteen years in the industry, she has learned that taking on tasks alone is not as easy as it seems. Instead, she now looks to her teammates for the help and inspiration she needs.

“Trying to be a hero isn’t worth it,” she suggests. “We’re all human.”

Her other ways to de-stress: Wine, chocolate and hugging her two children.

Have an interesting way that you cure work stress? We would love to hear it! Tweet us @QuinlanCompany.

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