Stress has always been associated with hard work - and when you are involved in the day-to-day running of your small business, you probably end up feeling stressed out by the end of the day.

Stress can make even the most cheerful person grumpy and unpleasant to be around. Over a longer period of time, stress can also lead to health consequences such as heart trouble and diabetes.

Here are some ways to avoid stress when running your small business:

Exercise Regularly

You do not have to go to the gym, a daily walk or swim is good enough. Come up with an exercise routine that suits you and stick to it. Regular exercise at least five days a week can ensure that you not only have a healthy body, but also a stress-free mind.

Dancing or aerobic classes are good ways to not only de-stress, but also keep fit. Yoga can also help you relax, calm your mind and increase your body's flexibility.

Take Short Breaks

Take regular breaks from your work routine and spend time with your family. Getting too involved in your work can amplify small problems - and a short break might just help you get your mind calm and relaxed.

Communicate

If you are feeling stressed out, then communicate your feelings to your loved ones. This will help take some of the load off your chest. You should also make it a point to communicate your thoughts to your employees so that they can act accordingly.

Bottling up your negative feelings can build up stress, and could result in an unwarranted explosion even on a minor matter. Let others around you know what you are thinking.

Delegate

Don't carry all the workload on your shoulders. Delegate some work to your staff. If you are unsure if they are able to handle it, then start by giving them smaller jobs before proceeding to more complex ones.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Use all technological products available within your budget such as computers, software packages and the Internet.

These products are not very expensive, and matching them with proper accounting and inventory software will ensure that you have all the information you need at your fingertips.

This will save you a lot of time and energy - and your work life will be more efficient and less stressful.