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How to give yourself a break

Executive coach and author of Pause Every Day, Danielle Marchant, shows how easy it can be to take a step back from the daily fray –ffto regain perspective and dispel stress before it escalates

These simple daily practices from Marchant’s book are not a set of demands or another list of ‘musts’ to add to your never-ending task list. They are kinder and more forgiving than that. These are ideas for you to play with, to get curious about and to accept or dismiss as you choose.


On days when you’ve lost your way and can’t think clearly, it’s an important reminder to consider your own needs. One way to do this is to pause and breathe before agreeing to any request, and to ask yourself: ‘What do I need?’ Doing this requires e ort –€and consciousness – until it becomes natural. To go deeper, you can reflect on the following prompts: ‘Why does that matter to me?’ and, ‘What would life be like with or without that?’

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