Five Tips to Reduce Team Stress

It’s widely reported that the top three stresses in life are death, divorce, and moving. But pharmaceutical or device manufacturers going for product approval might add a close fourth – preparing for high-stakes presentations and meetings. During intense preparations, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important thing – keeping yourself healthy; that means both physically strong and mentally sharp. Here are some basic reminders to help you reduce team stress during the ramp-up to a big presentation.

  1. Sleep – We know. Easier said than done. But sleep is essential for staying healthy and enabling you to handle stressful situations more calmly. The average adult needs around 7 to 9 hours of sleep. If you CAN’T sleep—don’t stress about THAT—resting in bed is nearly as valuable. Also, as you’re preparing for sleep, visualize your next day going well so that you’ll be in the right frame of mind to get started when your alarm goes off.
  2. Crank Up the Tunes – Music can be a great way to calm you down or re-invigorate you. You might have experienced this before but didn’t realize it. During your ride home from work after a long day, you tune into the radio and find your favorite song playing. You instantly smile and feel better. Don’t you? Listen to music when getting ready in the morning, when travelling, and when exercising to help set the tone for a high-energy, low-stress day.
  3. Nourish Your Body – What you put in your body can also affect your stress level. Eating unhealthy foods can make you tired and cranky, making it harder to cope with stress and all that is going on around you. Instead of reaching for the cookie or soda, fuel your body with healthy foods like cut vegetables and fruit. This will help you work more effectively and even out your energy throughout the day. Plan your meals the day before; your body and stress level the next day will thank you.
  4. Exercise – It’s usually the first thing that gets sacrificed when we get busy – and it should be the FIRST thing we do. The good news is, you don’t have to do anything strenuous to relieve unwanted stress or anxiety. A simple 30-minute walk can do wonders to help relax your mind and re-invigorate your body.
  5. Stretch – If you can’t make time for exercise, at least make sure you stretch; and that you can do even while you’re preparing. Break up long periods of sitting at a desk or in a meeting room by walking around, stretching your legs and back. It’s a great way to relieve tension, improve circulation, and help you think more clearly. Remember, one of the most important factors in a successful presentation is YOU! So, make sure you give yourself at least as much attention during the preparation process as your slides and script.



Jodi Nelson is a Certified Meeting Planner who brings more than a decade of meeting planning and conference experience to 3D’s clients. Jodi orchestrates all aspects of client mock meetings and FDA Advisory Committee meetings, from sourcing venues to managing vendors. Jodi has planned investigator meetings and scientific conferences around the world for thousands of doctors and scientists. Connect with Jodi on LinkedIn.