6 creative ways that powerful people manage stress

We can all learn from these tips from Brad Pitt, Anne Hathaway, and more.

First Lady Michelle Obama dances with members of the All Stars from from the television show 'So You Can Dance' during the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn April 6, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Anne Hathaway has just revealed her unique approach for tackling stress and anxiety. "Set a timer on your phone, have a candle nearby, and write it all down…You spew it all out. You do not read it…The timer goes off, you tear it out of the book, and you light it on fire," she told Town & Country. She recommends pouring your stresses out onto the page for 12 minutes before putting down your pen.

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The Way You Speak Reveals Your Subconscious Stress

We know that body language reveals a lot. But language is an even bigger tell if you know what to look for. 

"You're tearing me apart, Lisa!"

I can read your face better than you can. The same holds true for you. While the role of mirror neurons is still not well understood (and sometimes disputed), the fact that we can tell what another person is feeling, often more quickly than they can, is a consequence of being a social animal. This transcends facial expressions. We read bodies all of the time. For example, if we meet for the first time and I cross my arms, I’m more likely to trust you if you follow suit and cross yours. If we’re in a group and you’re the only one who doesn’t follow this pantomime, I’m less likely to trust you. Social cues have been tried and tested for a long time, so much so they don’t need to be consciously understood to be effective. 

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