Keep Calm & Keep Breathing: Coping With Stress in a Pandemic

by | Apr 1, 2020 | Blog, Business Planning, Growth, Interview, Lifestyle

Today’s podcast episode is going to be a little bit different. 

As you may have noticed, we’ve made the transition from the Modern CEO Podcast to the Right On Time Podcast recently. There were a few reasons for this change, and one of them is that I wanted to start touching on current events — those topics that are affecting our lives and our businesses.

I bet you can guess where I’m going with this.

Today, I want to talk about the biggest thing currently affecting you, me, and countless other people around the world: the COVID-19 epidemic.

But, unlike so many podcasts and websites out there, I don’t want to focus on nerve-wracking statistics.

Instead, this podcast episode is going to focus on the things that we can do, together and as individuals, to cope with the stress and overwhelm of living through a global pandemic.

My very, VERY special guest for this episode is Dr. Julie Merriman, an INCREDIBLE practicing therapist and a wonderful human being. Dr. Merriman has helped countless entrepreneurs (including me!) learn valuable techniques for managing stress.

I don’t know where I’d be without her!


In my latest podcast episode, you’ll discover:

  • Dr. Merriman’s very best advice for coping with the anxieties of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How to stay connected and supported while social distancing
  • The importance of appreciating the positives while stressing about the negatives
  • The most crucial first step for finding the perfect therapist — and how to execute it effectively

I hope that the advice given in this episode helps you as much as it has helped me. Remember: we are all in this together. Please stay well and healthy.

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You are right on time.



01:10 Why the shift from the Modern CEO podcast to Right on Time?

02:04 Introducing my guest, Dr. Julie Merriman

04:39 The first thing you should do in the face of stress, overwhelm & burnout

07:14 What does the act of grounding actually do for us?

09:07 “Mindfulness and presence really starts as we get ourselves grounded”

11:30 “ we step into stressful moments, how do we balance the rational with the emotional?”

12:32 Limit your flight-or-flight response — limit your exposure to the news

14:15 Practice the pause

18:30 Recognize the gifts we we're given alongside the stress

21:06 Practice the power of mindfulness: meditate, journal, breathe

22:38 “The way to work through trauma and grief is consistency, nurturing, and lots of loving”

24:27 How to stay connected and supported while social distancing

29:12 The most important first step for finding the perfect therapist — and how to execute it effectively

38:33 It’s going to be okay


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Eternal optimist, lover of dance parties, here to get more of you in the world and help you grow your dream business.


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