by Mary Cantando, Founder of The Woman’s Advantage, Guest Contributor

Negative stress can be a killer, both figuratively and literally. Most people think they have to just put up with it…that they don’t have a choice. Wrong!

Here are five ways to proactively eliminate stress.

Five Ways to Knock Out Stress

1. Prepare for the Upcoming Week. 

Designating one hour of each weekend to prepare for the upcoming week enables you to feel a lot more in control.

2. Block Off Morning Time for Projects. 

Schedule as few meetings as possible in the morning so you can focus on completing actual projects.

3. Schedule Time for Family or Friends. 

Spend quality time with family or friends by scheduling it on your calendar.

4. Schedule Mini-Adventures. 

Give something you’ve never tried before a shot: eat at a different kind of restaurant, go kayaking, hike a trail you’ve never ventured on.

5. Indulge Your Passions. 

Spend your non-working hours pursuing a passion like playing cards, reading or music.