Your ability to close the deal with your clients requires more than product knowledge and dedication. It also demands that you have a sound mind and body capable of strenuous hours and handling large amounts of stress.

Author and coach John Boe has collected a list of 20 simple and easy stress-relief tips that can dramatically reduce your stress level and help you live (and work) more productively.

  1. Get plenty of sleep.
  2. Eat balanced meals and avoid eating junk food.
  3. Drink plenty of water and avoid nicotine, excessive caffeine and other stimulants.
  4. Avoid drinking alcohol in excess.
  5. Learn to make decisions quickly and let go of the need to over-analyze everything.
  6. Express your feelings appropriately and don’t bottle up your emotions.
  7. Avoid trying for perfection and don’t sweat the small stuff.
  8. Maintain a positive mental attitude by utilizing affirmative “self-talk.”
  9. Stop worrying so much and look at situations more optimistically.
  10. Smile and laugh frequently throughout the day, don’t take yourself so seriously.
  11. Mix leisure with work: take breaks and get away when you can.
  12. Make a point to spend quality time with your friends and family.
  13. Become more tolerant … don’t be overly critical of yourself or others.
  14. Always be kind and gentle with yourself.
  15. Listen to upbeat music or watch your favorite movie.
  16. Exercise for cardiovascular fitness three to four times a week.
  17. Set written goals, plan your time and prioritize your activities.
  18. Keep a list of “things to do” and stay focused on short-term accomplishments.
  19. Get a massage or take a warm bath.
  20. Do something nice for someone else.