1There is a lot you can do between now and when the world gets to be a nicer place.

We  all experience stress at some point in our lives. Whether it is preparing for an exam, going on a first date, getting stuck in traffic, worrying about bills, or making a sales presentation, stress is just a normal part of life.

Granted, stress is worse for some people. In fact, according to the American Psychological Association, stress is a perfectly normal reaction that “developed in our ancient ancestors as a way to protect them from predators and other threats.”

We still face dangerous predators and threats — work for instance.

Whenever facing a dangerous situation, “the body kicks into gear, flooding the body with hormones that elevate your heart rate, increase your blood pressure, boost your energy and prepare you to deal with the problem.”

Although it’s a natural reaction, stress is still a negative force that can have a serious impact on both our professional and personal lives.

For starters, stress can lead to fatigue, headaches, stomach aches, muscle tension, heart attacks and even death. (I’m stressed but I’m not dead — but I’m still writing.) Stress can also cause you to pick fights with the people you’re closest to. In short, stress can put a monkey-wrench in your career, relationships and even your life.

The good news is that you can take action concerning stress. You can learn to move through it rather than allowing it to stop you. Try out a few of this list of 25 simple and proven ways to de-stress yourself. Take a breath, breathe out slowly. Now, let’s see what works for you.