Work it out.
The ultimate stress reliever is exercise. A quick break for a walk and some fresh air helps clear your mind and revitalizes you. When you exercise, you release endorphins, increasing your energy so you feel better instantly and are ready to tackle the day.
Take time to get organized. It helps you manage your time and makes that big project or long list of tasks seem less daunting.
Eat healthier. You'll feel better and likely cut your stress down to size. Eating well gives you more energy, and there's a calming element to preparing a good meal. Taking care of yourself physically is an important component in reducing stress. A glass of wine and some music while you cook mellows your mood even further.
Get up earlier. In the big scheme of things, losing a half hour of sleep won't hurt much and actually can help you face the day with a better attitude and a lot less stress. You'll be more relaxed and less rushed through the morning routine and end up accomplishing more -- and more easily -- during your day.
Take a bubble bath. Showers are great, but there's nothing quite like soaking away your cares in a tub of frothy bubbles. Sink back, and just relax.
Take a time out. As you go through your day, you will encounter stressful situations -- that's just life -- so put yourself in time out and you'll work more productively. Take a break when you need it; just stop and breathe deeply, stretch, or treat yourself to a drink or a snack. Walking away from a task for a few minutes keeps stress from building up.
Sleep well. Your body gets confused with irregular sleep patterns, and sleep deprivation makes anyone feel more anxious. Keep a regular bedtime, and prime your body for sleep by exercising during the day and avoiding heavy meals and caffeine in the evening. You can't sleep away your stress, but sleeping well arms you to face the day with energy and confidence.