1. Try the deep breath method
Take a deep breath, deeper than normal, and hold it in until you notice a little discomfort. At the same time, squeeze your thumb and index finger together (as if you were making the okay sign) for six or seven seconds. Then exhale slowly through your mouth, release the pressure in your fingers and allow all your tension to drain out. Repeat this deep breathing three times to extend the relaxation. With each breath, allow your shoulders to droop, your jaw to drop and your body to relax.
2. Oil Your Dashboard
Try smelling lavender to dissipate stress. If you have a long way to commute, put a drop or two of the oil on a tissue or napkin and let it heat up in the sun on your car dashboard. The heat diffuses the fragrance and helps you unwind. It`s like the old after-work martini but without the alcohol.
3. `Sound` Advice
Since so many sounds can be stressful - the 3 a.m. wail of your baby, the 6 a.m. screech of the alarm clock - try music therapy. Put some relaxing music on your stereo, then lie down near the speakers with knees slightly bent and allow the music to wash over you. The imagery of music washing over your body is important. You should feel the music `rinsing` the day`s stress out of your tired body.
4. `Laugh` it out
Laugh out loud. When you let out a belly laugh, your body lets out endorphins. Endorphins will make you feel good, which in turn will make you more resistant to stress.