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July 5, 2019     |   635 VIEWS
How to Overcome Stress & Relieve Pressure with Jay Shetty


"We feel physical and mental pressure throughout the day because our mind is ahead of our body, or our body is ahead of our mind."
Jay Shetty

Jay Shetty is a former monk who is now a host, storyteller and viral content creator. Since launching his video channel in 2016, Jay’s viral wisdom videos have garnered over 4 billion views and gained over 20 million followers globally. This makes him one of the most viewed people on the internet internationally.

Jay moved to New York in September 2016 and now works with the biggest brands in the world. He has been invited to keynote at leading companies including Google, L’Oreal, Facebook, Coca Cola, HSBC, EY, Microsoft and Accenture. In 2016 he won the ITV Asian Media Award for Best Blog and came 3rd in the Guardian Rising Star Award in 2015.

Connect with Jay: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Today’s guest Jay Shetty is a storyteller, former monk and superhero friend of the podcast. He’s an award-winning host, storyteller, and viral content creator, and his Jay’s viral wisdom videos have garnered over 4 billion views and gained over 20 million followers globally. 

In this conversation, we’ll take you through 3 simple steps that you can apply today to relieve the pressure you’re feeling. We’ll explain the power of breathing to realign your body and mind, how visualization can help you to deal with the stress of upcoming events, and how simply listening to sound can bring your deepest attention to the situation you’re in.

If you haven’t listened to my previous episode with Jay about doing a digital detox, you can check it out here!


Show Notes


  • We feel physical and mental pressure throughout the day usually because our mind is ahead of our body, or our body is ahead of our mind.
  • For example, you might be running to a meeting while your mind is disconnected and wanting to still be in bed, or your body is exhausted and your mind is racing through to-do lists.
  • This creates friction and disconnection. When what we say and do are in alignment, we experience harmony
  • Try to realign your body in mind by focusing on breathing: breathe in for a count of 4, breathe out for a count of 4 (count in your head, at your own pace)


  • Visualization: well-known sports stars use visualization to deal with 
  • Using visualization allows you to deal with the pressure and stress before the activity actually happens
  • It allows you to fast-forward an experience to the present in a situation where you’re not yet experiencing the pressure and stress so you can engage with it better
  • For example, visualize your success before a big meeting by imagining each step of the process—walking in with confidence, not falling over on the stage, saying the first word with composure, speaking eloquently and so on
  • Then when you actually attend the meeting, you will carry that energy with you
  • One of the biggest mistakes we make is stressing before an activity, but not preparing for an activity
  • Jay uses visualization to prepare for going on stage to speak at events
  • A visualization is a form of mental rehearsal, usually we mentally rehearse what could go wrong, and think dwelling on stress and pressure helps us deal with it—this is unhelpful!
  • We can reprogram ourselves to deal with stress how we want to through visualization


  • When we’re in a coma or toward the end of our lives, we can still hear the sound
  • The sound wakes us up in the morning and touches our consciousness at the deepest level
  • Observe the sound in the space you’re in right now, wherever you are. This will bring your deepest attention to that place and be present.
  • If we’re scared of being lonely, we’ve never learned to be alone


  • Don’t forget to take a screenshot of this episode, tag us both on social media (@JayShettyIW & @jimkwik) and share what you’re going to do as part of your digital detox with us!


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Episode 89: 10X Your Mental Performance with Salim Ismail


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