Try focusing on your breathing for several minutes. Take slow, deep inhalations through your nose, and exhale slowly through your mouth.
Enjoy a 1 oz piece of dark chocolate (at least 50% cocoa) Not only does it feel good, its good for you!
Control your breathing
By focusing on and gaining control of your breathing, you take control of your body's reactions to stress.
Do something helpful for someone else
It will make you feel better.
Some say there is no better way to help yourself manage stress than to do regular, vigorous workouts.
Get a pedicure
Go ahead, it will help you to feel better.
Get a professional massage
Its an investment in yourself.
Give yourself a forehead massage
Lightly rub your forehead and temples, pressing more firmly in areas where it feels good.
Take an evening to relax, kick back, and don't do anything productive.
This is a wonderful way to relieve stress. Let yourself go, have a good belly laugh. Watch funny movies and read funny stories.
Learn a relaxation technique
Any of several techniques can help: Yoga, Tai chi, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation.
Listen to music
Get comfortable, relax, and listen to your favorite soothing music. Or, go for something more raucous, hard core, rock and roll.
Listen to yourself
Notice if you sound aggressive or hostile. Get assertiveness training to learn how to express your needs without sounding hostile.
Make a commitment
Commit yourself to managing and reducing the stress in your life. Follow these tips, and look for your stress levels to fall.
Make time for fun
No matter how busy or stressed, if you make time for fun and relaxation, you will be better able to cope.
Make your frustrations into comedies
EG, when waiting in a long line, imagine you are in a scene from a sitcom: We're stuck let's call in the SWAT team.
Play with your pet
If you have pets such as cats or dogs, spend time playing with them and making them happy.
Read a book
Find self-help books to give you more insight and guidance in stress management.
Relax with a book
Get comfortable at home, in relaxing clothes, and curl up with a good book.
Share a massage with your partner
Create a relaxing atmosphere (soft lights, music) and use lavender oil. Be careful, though, its addictive.
Smell the roses
Take time to stop, smell the roses, and be thankful for the joy of it.
Spend time in nature
The calming effect of a gentle walk -- or a vigorous hike - in a forest or park is remarkable.
Take a few minutes in a quiet place to do some simple stretches. Shake out your arms and legs when you are done.
Take a break
Is the stress too much to handle? Take a break, with a long weekend or a week away from work or whatever your stress is. Do something fun.
Take a bath
A soothing, relaxing warm bath - with or without bubble soap, candles, incense, and music - can melt your tensions away.
Take a boat ride
Being on the water is soothing, whether it is a sailboat, canoe, kayak, windsurfer, or paddleboat.
Take a nap
Sometimes a mid afternoon nap of 25-40 minutes can rejuvenate and put you in a more peaceful state of mind.
Take a vacation
The best cure for built up stress can be to unwind on a vacation. Escape from the reality of your stressors to discover the new, calmer you.
Take a yoga class
It is a great stress reducer.
Tea and cookies
Relax in a comfortable chair with a soothing cup of herbal or decaffeinated tea and a cookie or biscuit.
Watch your favorite comedy
Whether it is on cable or DVD, you can relax at home, while enjoying your favorite snack (but keep it healthy) Laugh out loud!
Work in the garden
Many find the outdoor exposure and consistent, meditative nature of gardening helps relieve their stress.