1. Pay attention to your body’s stress signals

Typical signals of stress include sweating and an increased heart rate. It’s important to recognize these signals and get them under control. This could involve simple, deep-breathing exercises.

2. Deal with the stress head on

Rather than procrastinate, think about what is causing the emotional reaction and get a handle on it. Deal with the cause of stress right away, whether it’s a phone call from an angry client or making a difficult business decision.

3. Take systematic breaks

When you feel stress coming on, get up and do something else such as taking a brief walk or going outside. This short break can give you a different perspective on a stressful situation and at least provide short-term relief from the physical effects of stress.

4. Adopt a healthy lifestyle

Getting 30 minutes of rigorous exercise at least three times a week can help you reduce stress. Good eating habits such as including more fruits and vegetables in your diet can give you more energy and help you handle stress better.

5. Try to achieve work/life balance

Although today’s business environment can be demanding, it’s crucial to take time for other activities outside of the office such as family events, hobbies and sports. This is when you recharge your batteries.

6. Keep perfectionism in check

Offering a quality product and service doesn’t mean obsessing about it. Know when to get a task off your desk and focus on doing your best in a competitive environment.

7. Delegate to reduce your workload

Accept that you can’t do it all. Rather than micro-managing, pay special attention to delegating responsibility to employees and leaving them alone to do the job. Sharing the load can relieve stress.

8. Find people you trust and confide in them

Talking to others about business issues can help you find solutions to deal with challenges. Entrepreneurs can also network with other people in their industries to see how they are handling similar issues.

9. Get your business’s financial situation under control

Cash flow is a major source of anxiety for entrepreneurs. Find ways to better monitor your revenues and expenses. Also, find ways to improve productivity and ultimately your company’s financial health.

 10.Relax your muscles

If tense muscles are one of your tale-tale signs of being stressed, it’s time to loosen them up. And whilst a good massage not always be on hand to help, there are a few self-help ways to relax them off, for example:

  • Stretch those tense muscles out
  • Apply heat therapy with a heat pad or warm bath
  • Use a tens machine
  • Stay hydrated

11. Listen to soothing music.

Music can calm, it can make us happy and it can make us want to get up and dance. Music can make you think more clearly. Of course, all of this leads to a reduction of stress and anxiety. 

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