These keep them grounded.

By Jane Porter
Updated July 12, 2017
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“Every morning, I wake up and do the Lord’s Prayer in English and Spanish. I taught myself Spanish when I was 16 and then took advanced classes in college. I struggled with learning the language academically. I was able to master it through perseverance, and now, 15 years later, I speak it fluently. I make sure to say my prayers in both languages not just for my faith but also as a reminder of my determination.” —Nicole Sanchez, 32, founder and CEO of the Fintech start-up eCreditHero


“With three kids and a busy work life, I find that what keeps me grounded is a conscious attitude shift. Time is so precious when you are spread so thin. It’s important to quiet your brain and turn off those racing thoughts. One way I do that is by getting up early each morning with my oldest daughter, who’s 12. Having time with her before anybody else is up is a ritual I’m coming to cherish.” —Melissa Marks Papock, 42, founder of the clothing brand Cabana Life


“I hold on to Saturday mornings as a time to reconnect with myself. I write in a journal I started when my son was born that I’ve framed as a conversation with him. (He’s 17 now, and he’s never read it.) There is something so wonderful and grounding about slowing down enough to put effort into something tangible. It’s when I have my moments of clarity.” —Rose Kirk, 55, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon


“My team and I try to run every Thursday after work. We run a very exact route—around Boston Common from the office, through downtown, and back. I get to have my own time to clear my head and also be with people I work with in a different capacity. It helps me regain my energy and makes Friday more of a success.” —John Wise, 29, Cofounder of the card company Lovepop


“Every Wednesday night for the past six years, I’ve taken hip-hop and tap classes. It’s a fun break from my week to do something entirely new, liberating, and creative while getting some exercise. It’s helpful for me to use a different part of my brain.” —Maia Haag, 50, cofounder and president of the personalized children’s book company I See Me!