BY DANIEL DA SILVA LAY

Stress is part of everyday life and very common in the world of business and entrepreneurship.

It’s usually associated with a negative tag but did you know that stress has some benefits as well?

According to researchers, stress boosts brain power.

It’s designed to help us respond to a potentially threatening situation. So when we’re stressed, our senses suddenly gain a laser-like focus to help us avoid danger and remain safe.

That same boost in brain power can help you meet daily challenges and motivate you to reach your goals.

It can even help you accomplish tasks more efficiently and boost your memory.

But too much stress is detrimental and has some serious side effects.

Stress can weaken your immunity system, cause high blood pressure, anxiety, fatigue and depression.

So here are 10 simple ways to overcome stress:

  1. Take Time Out
    Stepping back from a problem or situation can help you to clear your head. Listening to some music, getting a massage or learning some relaxation techniques can also help.
     
  2. Eat Well-balanced Meals
    Don’t skip meals and try and keep them healthy. Junk food will spike your sugar levels affecting how you feel physically and emotionally.
     
  3. Get Enough Sleep
    When stressed, your body may need some extra sleep to recover.
     
  4. Exercise
    Try and exercise daily. Maintaining your health will help to balance out the side effects of too much stress.
     
  5. Take Deep Breaths
    This is the shorter version of taking some time out. Inhale and exhale slowly. Try counting to 10 slowly and repeat if necessary.
     
  6. Do Your Best
    Don’t place unreal expectations on yourself that everything has to be absolutely perfect. Be content with doing your best.
     
  7. Accept The Facts
    Accept that not everything is in your control. Put things into perspective.
     
  8. Laugh
    Watch a comedy or hang out with friends that know how to make you laugh.
     
  9. Stay Positive
    Try and keep a positive attitude. Think of something that you’re grateful for.
     
  10. Talk to Someone
    Tell friends and family how you’re feeling and don’t be afraid to let them know how they can help you.