Stress is the trash of modern life – we all generate it but if you don’t dispose of it properly, it will pile up and overtake your life. ~ Danzae Pace

As a business person, do you get the feeling some days that stress plays just too big a part in your life? Everyday stress can come from a variety of places: work, family, relationships just to name a few. Even the things you do to relax can cause you stress if you let them.

Other times, stress can stem from trying to do too much. Overwhelm can cause a huge amount of stress both at work and at home, especially when your to-do list gets too long.

The good news is, regardless of the cause, you can take steps to reduce everyday stress just by making a few changes in your life.

Here are four things you can do to reduce everyday stress.

1. Pay attention to your diet. The food you eat can have a direct effect on how well you manage stress. It’s hard to be at your best in difficult or challenging situations when your body is lacking in the nutrients it needs to be able to respond effectively.

Even making small changes in your diet can help to reduce everyday stress. If you’re not sure where to start, try these five stress-relieving foods.

2. Stretch a little. Okay, be honest now. How many times do you skip the after-workout stretches because you’re running late? It might surprise you to know that simply stretching and flexing your muscles can help to alleviate stress.

Add stretching throughout your day. This is a great way not only to reduce muscular tension but to increase overall alertness and circulation, too. If you sit at a desk for any period of time during the day you know how important it is to stretch.

But don’t just limit yourself to stretching. Any type of exercise that gets your body moving is good for reducing everyday stress.

3. Get enough sleep. Making sure you get enough sleep so that your body has a chance to rest and recharge is one of the best things you can do to relieve everyday stress. It’s also one of the hardest things for many people to do.

A 15- or 20-minute power nap might do the trick to help boost your energy to get through the day, but only as a short-term fix. For longer term solutions try a natural sleep aid such as essential oils or massage to help ensure you get the amount of sleep your body needs to be at its stress-fighting best.

4. Take a deep breath and count to ten. It may seem like a simple thing, but when faced with a stressful situation, sometimes the easiest thing to do to get back on track is to simply slow down and breathe.

Deep breathing fills your lungs to capacity, helps to oxygenate your body, decrease stress, and increase alertness. The best thing about deep-breathing exercises is they can be done anytime, anywhere. All you have to do is breathe!

These may seem like simple steps to take, but making small lifestyle changes can have a huge impact on your quality of life, and the amount of stress you face. The next time everyday stress gets you down, try one of these tips to get you back on track again.

One note of caution: Before embarking on any lifestyle changes, be sure to check with your doctor or health-care provider, especially if you are already dealing with health issues.

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