This morning I came across a list of obvious ways to de-stress http://www.greatist.com/happiness/14-really-obvious-rules-for-not-stressing-out/. There are some really great ideas here, and while they are very obvious, for most of us we just don't take the time to do them. The one that I have done a lot of lately is unplugging. The last couple of years, I have spent a great deal of time on my computer researching, networking, you name it. I was actually probably somewhat addicted to it. It made me crazy if I couldn't check my email, facebook, and blog regularly, multiple times a day. Shortly after the holidays, I had just kind of had enough. I guess you could say I was burnt out to some degree and took a step back for quite a while. I didn't even miss it!! It was great and very freeing for me. (However, my blog has not been updated near like I would like and I often feel very guilty about that.) In the big picture though, this has helped me a ton. I no longer feel anxious if I don't go online for a day or even for a whole weekend!
With this has also come more time spent with my family. Sometimes, things can overtake a big portion of our time and we don't even realize it. Once again, it's all about balance.
I hope some of these tips from this article will help you realize how easy it can be to just take a little bit of time for yourself everyday and how much that can help reduce the stress in your life.