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In this video men’s style, grooming, fitness and lifestyle expert, Aaron Marino of IAmAlphaM¬† AaronMarino Pete & Pedro Tiege Hanley ENEMY is discussing how hard this pandemic has been on him.

I’ve started and stopped this video countless times because I want to figure-out exactly what I want to say to you all. I didn’t realize how hard this pandemic situation was going to be on me personally and emotionally — until the other day when I had an anxiety attack in my car. Between the news that I was listening to and also thinking about my family and businesses, the thought of everything crumbling and exploding was a very sobering reality. I started to freak-out about the conversations that I was about to have with my Pete & Pedro staff and later with Rob & Kelley at Tiege Hanley — so many considerations. To further the anxiety, YouTube views are down, and it’s hard not to fall into a depression trap.

The fear of it all going away brings me back to my past business failure & subsequent bankruptcy and that dark place. I am now at an inflection point where I am thinking about how does this all look like moving forward. This is hard, and I wasn’t prepared for it. BUT I am managing.

I’ve taken six steps to deal with and manage my stress & anxiety: (1) sticking with my routine & schedule as closely as possible which includes planning outfits, getting showers, fixing my hair, using my cologne; (2) exercising every day which is a huge stress reliever & healthy; (3) reducing the amount of caffeine I consume to reduce anxiety; (4) removing the news from my day to get out of my negative mindset; (5) preparing and planning for the future which creates goals and keeps my brain occupied; (6) listening to more audiobooks and taking Skillshare classes

There are probably a lot of you out there who are feeling hopeless and lost. We all need to chill-out and get our minds straight. These steps I’ve taken have had a dramatic impact on my mentality and mindset. Remember that I love you and think you’re incredible. If you need anything, drop me a comment under here