Make sure you seek enough diversion. Why not go practice a sport? It’s one of the best natural remedies for stress and anxiety. Start with half an hour three times a week, preferably in open air. Other relaxing activities differ from one person to the other. While gardening might be relaxing to some people, others might get nervous from the thought alone.
Relaxation exercises have proven to be very effective for many people. These techniques are the result of scientific study and have nothing to do with fuzzy spiritual stuff. You learn to slow down your breathing and get your body in a relaxed state. Psychologists, psychotherapists or even some physical therapists will be happy to teach you.
Live in the moment. Let go of worries about your past or future and focus on the present. Try to do every activity you engage in attentively instead of thinking about all others things on your to-do list. If you’re taking a walk, watch the sky, listen to the birds, smell the flowers. This will stop you from pondering.
Simplify your life. Most of us want it all: a successful career, many hobbies, a big house and if possible even a second home (which has to be looked after of course). Less is more! Don’t be afraid to get rid of possessions. Less clutter to deal with will free up your mind for other things.
Organization is key. Set priorities, make to-do lists and get things done.
Stop multitasking. Doing multiple activities at the same time not only causes more stress, but is also less efficient. Do one thing at a time and make sure you do it well.
Watch your coffee, alcohol and nicotine intake. Coffee speeds up your breathing, smoking causes even more stress (even though smokers think it’s relaxing) and alcohol can make you fall into the habit of drinking.