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Relaxation Techniques of the Top Business and Trading Pros

If the markets have got you feeling wound up, grab yourself a cup of coffee and read on to find out how some of the top trading, investing and entrepreneurial powerhouses kick back and relax.

You might think you can't afford to take time out - but giving yourself a chance to reflect and recharge those batteries is vital for business success. So here are some well-endorsed techniques for relaxing and rejuvenating...

Branson likes a hot bath and a cup of tea

They do say simple pleasures are the essence of life, and apparently no matter how many billions you have in the bank, there's nothing like a good old cup of tea and a soak in the tub.

Virgin founder Richard Branson is worth an estimated $4.6 billion but shuns fancy relaxation techniques in favour of two old fashioned cures for a stressful day. He says: "When things are hectic, I find a good English cup of tea rejuvenating, and after a long day of business travel and meetings, a hot, relaxing bath can make a big difference."

Draghi heads for the great outdoors

As the head of the European Central Bank and the 11th most powerful person in the world, we imagine Mario Draghi finds himself in stressful situations more often than most.

So for a bit of time out, Draghi likes to swap his desk for the hills - hiking and mountain climbing are his hobbies of choice. You'd be excused for wondering whether scrambling up a mountainside in the middle of nowhere can be all that relaxing, but compared to maintaining financial unity across the Eurozone's 19 countries, it's probably a walk in the park. And it'll certainly blow the cobwebs away...

Sandberg swears by a good night's sleep

Forget burning the midnight oil - Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg says the key to managing her stress levels is making sure she gets enough sleep. She admits: "For many years the way I thought I would get everything done was to get less sleep."

But she now makes a conscious effort to get enough shut eye. And Arianna Huffington, Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post, agrees, remarking that: "When I look back, all my biggest mistakes were when I was burned out. Life would have been incredibly easier if I'd been getting enough sleep."

Warren Buffett takes time to think

There are no packed calendars or back-to-back meetings in the schedule of the most successful investor of the 20th century. Warren Buffett, the third wealthiest person in the world, takes a more relaxed approach to his corporate life, and claims that 80% of his working day is spent reading and thinking.

He doesn't have a computer or mobile phone in his office, and opted to set up camp in Omaha because he finds it easier to keep perspective in a place where he is undisturbed by "irrelevant factors" and "the noise generally of business investments".

Okay, your boss might not like you to go around claiming you spend 80% of your time thinking instead of doing - but taking a few minutes here and there to relax, reflect on your progress and regroup your thoughts can help you keep a clear head and stop stress from clouding your judgement. Want to read more about The Wizard of Omaha? Check out our Trading Legend profile below.

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Google make time for fun

Lucky Google employees don't have to leave the office for their relaxation time - they have thinking booths, hammocks, relaxation rooms filled with loungers and fish tanks, recreation rooms with pool tables, table football and video games, a slide to get from floor-to-floor, a library, movie room and massage rooms at their disposal.

Google's philosophy is that by giving employees time to allow their minds to wander "out of the box", creativity thrives. When engaging in relaxing tasks, they are able to think more freely and come up with creative ideas. Apparently, some of Google's more innovative products including AdSense and Google Suggest were born out of the 20% relaxation time Google employees enjoy as part of their working day.

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