Find the funny
A good belly laugh can uplift and relax you just as exercise does. Researchers at Osaka University in Japan found that watching a funny movie was more effective at decreasing mental stress than viewing landscape scenes, for instance. So pop a comedy into the DVD player after work, sign up to receive a joke-of-the-day email, or try laughter yoga. Make your own humor first-aid kit, suggests stress and wellness specialist Beverly Beuermann-King. Add favorite funny cartoons and photos to a Pinterest board, for example, and pull them up when you need a boost.