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In order to be successful in any field, and life in general, you need to master the art of stress relief. This is easier said than done though. What are some practical tips for dealing with the inevitable stress that you will face in your career and personal life?

Maintain Perspective

When you are consumed with stress it’s easy to believe that nothing will ever get better. That’s why it is crucial to maintain perspective in the face of stress. Tell yourself that this too shall pass, because it will. Stress has the ability to warp your perspective, so don’t let it. Remind yourself that stress is part of life and you will get through this challenge.

Exercise

People often say they don’t the time to work out. The truth is, everyone can and should make the time to exercise. Not only is it good for your physical body, but exercise is also an extremely effective tool to relieve the mind. Exercise releases endorphins which lower your levels of stress. Next time you’re feeling stressed, step out of the office and into the gym. You can even take a short fifteen-minute stroll during the day to help keep your stress levels down.

Breathe

Next time you are experiencing stress, take a moment to breathe. By slowing down your body with breath, you are creating space to unwind and destress. Begin by breathing in through your mouth and out through your nose. According to Psychology Today:

slow, rhythmic breathing activates the vagus nerve, which is a large nerve that travels throughout the body and links your brain with your heart, lungs, gut, and other major organs. The vagus nerve is part of the parasympathetic nervous system, which slows down the fight-or-flight response and takes the body back into a relaxed state known as “rest and digest.”

Stress is an inevitable part of life, especially as an entrepreneur. That being said, it is critical to find healthy ways to handle your stress. Some of the best ways to handle stress include maintaining perspective, exercising and breathing. Some of these methods will work better for you than others. Choose the form of stress relief that works best for you and stick with it.