4 Ways to Combat All the Stress in Your Life

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Ever feel like the walls are caving in on you? We all face some form of stress in our lives and it’s up to us to cut the bologna, work through the pressure and find our happy place.

While your issues may require a long-term and layered solution, there are some quick fixes that can alleviate the daily stressful blues. Venezuelan Business Mentor, Asha Ramakrishna, helps entrepreneurs find their purpose, magnetize their business and create work/life balance. "To get started I recommend people decide that their lifestyle is going to shift for the better, or at least a more Zen-like life,” Ramakrishna suggests.

Here are some quick tips on how to find swift serenity:

1) Wake up a tad bit earlier than usual and make a list of five things you are grateful for. This can immediately shift the mood and if practiced for five or more days a month, can create an entire change in perspective. This can even lower cortisol levels in the body, which is the hormone produced during stress that contributes to a lowered immune system. Expressing gratitude for the simple things will remind you of how good life is.

2) Another effective tool for people to access during those critical moments is tea. Sip slowly on a caffeine-free tea that has a soothing, “warm your heart” kind of effect. Reach for flavors like Egyptian Licorice, Chamomile or Lavender.

3) Don’t forget to breathe! Sounds basic, but a few deep breaths in through the nose and out of the mouth can let go of so much. Bringing awareness to your breath makes you more present.  And don’t be shy; add an "I got this!" after that last exhale.

4) Lastly, studies at UCLA show that getting together with trusted girlfriends lowers your stress. Make the time, meet up with your best chicas for a quick tea (any of the above flavors of course!) and say adios to the stress.