One of the best ways to manage your stress is to go to the gym. Taking an exercise class or lifting weights helps to release tensions helping your body become calmer. It is doubly good as you can also work out with a friend, which is especially beneficial for women, who use different stress management techniques from men.
Alternatively, you could take up a more restful hobby, such as reading, knitting, scrapbooking or crochet. So long as your hobby is engaging enough, you will get mental relaxation and reduce your stress levels.
Don't bring work home with you whenever possible. Leaving your job at the door when you come in will make your home your sanctuary, helping you to relax and unwind after a hard day. Make conscious decisions to keep work and home life separate.
For example, don't check your email or accept phone calls after a certain time. And make sure people know this so they know not to call you!
Laugh more. When you are stressed out you find it harder to see the funny side of things, but laughing brings more oxygen into your body and gets your blood flowing better, So if you don't have a sense of humor, get one, and use it!
A lot of your stress is directly caused by eating and drinking the wrong sorts of things. For instance, caffeine drinks and alcohol can actually increase your stress levels, so cutting down on these drinks will help you relax and feel calmer on a day to day basis as well as in the long term. Stress strips your body of nutrients too so it's important to eat a healthy diet and avoid high processed foods.
Stress can cause you to suffer from both mental and physical ailments. Managing it is essential for long term good health. You cannot always avoid stressful situations, but you can change your attitude to them when they arise.