How CEO of mental health startup James Edward Murray De-stresses

Today’s CEOs face myriad challenges: a global pandemic and a sea-change in how and where employees choose to show up for work, to name a few. The pressure has never been greater for leaders. How do you mitigate it? In our new series, we ask business leaders about their daily wellness habits to gain insight into the tactics they use to minimize stress and maintain their well-being.

James Edward Murray is co-founder and CEO of Therify, an integrative mental health offering that matches employees with licensed therapists who share similar backgrounds and experiences. Therify’s mission is to make mental wellbeing achievable for marginalized and historically underrepresented communities around the world. Prior to Therify, James worked at Facebook, leading the company’s partnerships with digital news organizations across the US. He is a proud graduate of Howard University – a historically black college in Washington, DC.

Coffee or tea? And what do you put in?
Coffee. Always coffee, with whole milk and raw sugar.

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What’s your favorite breakfast?
Two eggs and an English muffin. I occasionally toss some smoked salmon on it.

Tell us about your workout routine.
I try to move my body every day. If I can make it to the gym, I’ll do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weights. When the gym isn’t an option, I usually resort to burpees. It’s absolute hell, but an effective total body workout.

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How many hours do you sleep on a typical night?
In a perfect world 7 to 8 hours. Actually 5 to 6.

How do you relieve stress?
Meditation is my first practice to relieve stress. I’ve done over 9,000 minutes of meditation over the past few years.

According to your smartphone, what was your daily average screen time in the last week?
5 hours and 18 minutes. whoops

Which app do you use the most?
Instagram. The Algo knows me pretty well.

When was the last time you took a day off? What have you done?
Last week. I was with my girlfriend at a wedding in Temecula, California. It’s a beautiful place.

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What is your company doing to prioritize employee wellbeing?
We offer employees a monthly wellness reimbursement. They can use it for any expense that helps maintain their mental or physical well-being.

What’s your favorite treat?
I’m a sucker for Insomnia Cookies. If you don’t know them, you should.

Show us a photo of your happy place.

This is a small, secluded park on the North Shore of Massachusetts where I grew up. I love the sea and love sitting out here to think and relax when I go home to see my mom. The sea is definitely my happy place.

Courtesy of James Edward Murray

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