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Stress is the worst. It’s bad for your health. It’s bad for your relationships. It’s just plain bad.

Unfortunately, many of the common nuggets of advice for reducing said stress aren’t realistic. We can’t take a week off work to go galivanting in the Bahamas, we don’t have time to organize our entire life, and working out 30 minutes a day might sound easy, but it’s not.

Here are five legit, realistic ways you can reduce stress in your daily life:

  1. Get outdoors.
    We’re not saying you have to go for a run, climb Mount Fuji, or go on a camping trip. We’re saying a little fresh air can do a lot of good. If you have a couple minutes between meetings or have a call you need to take, why not step outside and take it there? Sitting in an office, open house, or meetings all day isn’t good for the mind or the body. Once a day, try shaking it off and stepping outside.
  1. Eat some dark chocolate.
    In case you needed another excuse to indulge in chocolatey goodness, data has actually been published that says dark chocolate has “positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.” Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a bar.
  1. Hire a little help.
    Is there something (anything) that is causing a ton of stress in your life that you could outsource? We only have so much time and there’s only so many hours in a day—you can’t do it all, so let someone help you. Checking some boxes off the to-do list will surely reduce stress.
  1. Listen to some music.
    Just like dark chocolate, music has the power to reduce stress. In fact, according to PsychCentral, “listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.” If you’re feeling stressed, turn on the tunes in the car, put in some headphones, or turn up the home stereo.
  1. Say “no.”
    This one is hard for all of us, but we imagine it’s even harder for real estate agents whose job is focused around pleasing clients. Saying “no” a little more might feel selfish, but being selfless all the time is a great way to get so burned out you can hardly function.

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