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It’s no secret that we’re all living with added stress these days.

Between the global pandemic, social and political unrest, and changes to our work and home situations, most people are facing more stress than ever before.

But even with these changes and added responsibilities, it’s important to not lash out at our friends, family, co-workers, and anyone else we come in contact with.

Instead, find ways to respond to stress and work through it yourself.

My wife Blake made a video about this which you can see below. If you want more content like this then make sure to subscribe to the Be Your Own Boss Podcast Youtube Channel where Blake and I teach you how you can be your own boss.

Blake and I have spent the last year focusing on controlling our emotions and our stress more effectively. We’ve found the best way to respond to a stressful situation can be boiled down to two simple actions:

1. Take a deep breath.
Breathe in deeply through your lungs and let it go. When you’re faced with something difficult or stressful, taking a deep breath gives you a small break and helps you delay your reaction. The breath can literally release some negative energy and give you a chance to reset and respond more calmly.

2. Take space.
Many of us are at home with other people in a tight space. When you feel stressed, find somewhere you can be alone—an empty room, a corner, or outside. Use that space to step away from the situation and process what you are feeling. When you’re stressed, even just a few minutes of silence by yourself can make a huge difference. Don’t ignore or stuff down your stress—take space to process it before you respond.

Blake and I made lots of mistakes during our entrepreneurial journey and learned things the hard way, but you don’t have to. Whether you are considering going off on your own or you already have, this will be a valuable resource for you. Download our PDF on the 7 things you need to master if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.

These two simple steps are powerful to responding to stressful situations. Just because life might seem more difficult and stressful right now doesn’t mean we can’t improve and find happiness. When you’re faced with a stressful situation, take a deep breath and take space. You’ll be pleased with the calming results.

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